Reeves continues to be the most likeable human being that ever existed.
Streaming platforms in China have pulled Keanu Reeves movies from their services, instantaneously making them completely redundant (alright, there are other movies out there we guess).
The strict move was actioned after the movie star's support of Tibet, whereby he made a virtual appearance at the 35th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert earlier this month on March 3. The New York-based nonprofit, Tibet House, is affiliated with the exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Social media users in China heavily criticised Keanu Reeves for his appearance.
And so, in the wake of his support for the "roof of the world", Chinese streaming services such as iQiyi, Tencent Video, Bilibili, and Xigua Video have pulled his library of films. According to The LA Times, users searching for "Jinu Liweisi", which is the Chinese translation of Keanu Reeves, yields zero results.
"Sorry, no results related to ‘Keanu Reeves’ were found," the platform iQiyi now reads, per The Los Angeles Times. "Due to relevant laws, regulations and policies, some results are not shown."
This extremely strict censorship move comes after Reeves' highly-anticipated sequel film 'The Matrix Resurrections' was released in China in January, nearly one month after its western showing. The action/fantasy was the first blockbuster to be released in the region in over two months, due to the country's severe censorship approvals of mostly US titles.
And so, due to his support of "anti-Chinese" views, Keanu Reeves and all those to do with any of his movies must suffer the consequences. Deleted films on the services include 'The Matrix' trilogy, 'Speed', 'John Wick', 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure', which now throws his presence on that side of the world in jeopardy.
Reeves previously had close ties with the country, filming his directorial debut 'Man Of Tai Chi' on location in China and Hong Kong.
In other Keanu Reeves news, the action star will voice Batman in the upcoming family animation film 'DC League of Super-Pets', set to release in May; there's also 'John Wick 4' to look forward to in 2023. Just don't expect to watch them in China anytime soon.