Chinese fans were outraged after the country’s streaming services censor the country’s reunion special

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Chinese viewers have been outraged after three of their country’s streaming services censored the highly anticipated Friends reunion.

Services iQIYI, Youku and Tencent Video have all acquired streaming rights to the blockbuster TV special, which was released worldwide on Thursday.

While fans in other markets were treated to the full 104-minute show, the editions released in China were all significantly shorter.

The services cut guest appearances from Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and South Korean boy band BTS. They also removed references to the LGBTQ community, it said The New York Times.

It is currently unclear whether the broadcasts have been censored due to a directive from the Chinese government.

The show is loved by Chinese millennials – many of whom used the show to learn English, according to The Times.

Many of them took to Chinese social media to blast the streaming services for the censorship, with one writing, ‘This is insane, if you’re introducing the show to China, don’t cut the scene. If you have to cut it, don’t enter it. What’s the point of eating this neutered content? ‘

Chinese viewers have been outraged after three of their country's streaming services censored the highly anticipated Friends reunion.  The cast can be seen in the special released around the world on Thursday

Chinese viewers have been outraged after three of their country’s streaming services censored the highly anticipated Friends reunion. The cast can be seen in the special released around the world on Thursday

Cut out in China!  Lady Gaga made a guest appearance on the Friends reunion special by singing a rendition of 'Smelly Cat'.  It was not on the Chinese special

Cut out in China! Lady Gaga made a guest appearance on the Friends reunion special by singing a rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’. It was not on the Chinese special

Lady Gaga is currently banned from touring China after she angered the country’s officials over a meeting with the Dalai Lama in 2016.

The pop icon made a guest appearance on the Friends reunion special by singing a rendition of ‘Smelly Cat’ – a song made famous by Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber has been banned from China since 2017.

He angered communist country officials in 2014 after posting a photo of himself at a shrine honoring Japanese military leaders. The two countries have long had a hostile relationship.

Bieber’s bad antics – including his visit to a Brazilian brothel – earned him further disapproval of the Chinese government.

The Chinese culture bureau released a statement in 2017 revealing that the pop star was no longer welcome in the country: ‘

BTS also angered Chinese officials when they spoke about South Korea’s shared ‘history of pain’ with the United States over the Korean War last year.

China supported North Korea during the three-year conflict that lasted from 1950 to 1953.

Justin Bieber has been banned from China since 2017.  His performance was dropped from the Friends reunion special

Justin Bieber has been banned from China since 2017. His performance was dropped from the Friends reunion special

Cut out from show: BTS also angered Chinese officials when they spoke last year about South Korea's shared 'history of pain' with the United States about the Korean War

Cut out from show: BTS also angered Chinese officials when they spoke last year about South Korea’s shared ‘history of pain’ with the United States over the Korean War

The Chinese market has become increasingly important to Hollywood producers over the past decade, but the country’s government is only too happy to censor actors and productions who criticize their politics.

Earlier this week, actor John Cena was beaten by Chinese officials after accidentally getting involved in a political dispute while promoting his new movie, Fast & Furious 9.

The star said on Taiwanese television that Taiwan would be ‘the first country’ to see the new film.

The seemingly innocent comment angered Chinese officials, who do not view Taiwan as an independent country.

Cena, feeling the heat of the criticism from Chinese fans, recorded an apology video that he released on Weibo on Tuesday, where he has 600,000 followers.

He crawled: ‘Hi China, I’m John Cena … I made a mistake … I love and respect China and the Chinese people. I am very sorry for my mistake. ‘

He was cast down as “pathetic” and “without a backbone” for the message, which critics say is just the latest example of Hollywood and the big corporations bowing to China for fear of retaliation.

Last year, Pen America – a freedom of speech organization based in New York – released a damning report on how Hollywood had repeatedly bowed to pressure from China for fear of losing the money it represents for the industry.

Earlier this week, actor John Cena was beaten by Chinese officials after accidentally getting involved in a political dispute promoting his new movie, Fast & Furious 9.

Cena is pictured

Earlier this week, actor John Cena was beaten by Chinese officials after accidentally getting involved in a political dispute while promoting his new movie, Fast & Furious 9.

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