China censors ‘Friends’ reunion

The World

For fans in China of the television sitcom “Friends,” the much-hyped reunion special was missing several high profile guest stars. Appearances from Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and the K-Pop band BTS, along with LGBTQ references, were all removed from the special. It was unclear whether it was a Chinese government censorship directive, or if the streaming platforms made the cuts on their own, but many fans cried foul.