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Here's why Katy Perry is 'banned indefinitely' from China

Here's why Katy Perry is 'banned indefinitely' from China

Katy Perry, who was set to perform, has now been banned from China indefinitely - along with a host of top models, including Gigi Hadid - after being booked in advance for Monday's big event.

At the time, the 33-year-old singer's dress was perceived by China as her voicing support for Taiwanese anti-China protestors, who made the sunflower as part of their campaign the year before. "For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social-media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country".

She wrote: "I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year. We look forward to the live show Monday night and the global broadcast a week later", he added of the event, which will be the most "ambitious" VS Fashion show so far. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter". "Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the lovely show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year".

She later apologized on her official Weibo account, but her fans pointed out that the message was not enough, since people outside of China could not see it.

Politically-charged costume The communist country was further angered over her wearing a sunflower gown- symbolic of the Sunflower Student Movement which protested a Chinese trade agreement in 2014
Here's why Katy Perry is 'banned indefinitely' from China

She is being replaced in the show by Harry Styles. We have more models than ever before - 55 representing 17 countries, and four world-class entertainers'.

Based on the history of cultural appropriation in the fashion show and China's political climate, it's unclear why Victoria's Secret ever thought this would be a good idea.

Apart from these two huge roadblocks, several other models (three Russian and one Ukrainian: Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova and Dasha Khlystun) will also not be able to land in Shanghai for the show for the same reason; rejection of visa. Last year, Angel Elsa Hosk notably wore a dragon on the runway, which many thought turned Chinese culture into a literal costume.




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