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Taiwan the reason for China's ban on Katy Perry, US media suggests

2017/11/17 21:22:24

Image taken from Katy Perry's official Facebook page

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) U.S. pop star Katy Perry has officially been banned from performing at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on Monday, a move that the New York Post speculated has to do with her previous show of support for Taiwan.

According to a report on the Post's Page Six gossip website on Friday, the Chinese government reversed its decision to grant Perry a work visa after it caught wind of pictures of her wearing a sunflower dress and waving Taiwan's flag during her 2015 concert in Taipei.

The dress was controversial because sunflowers were adopted in 2014 by anti-China student protesters, whose campaign came be known as the "Sunflower Student Movement."

"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," the Page Six report quoted an unnamed source as saying.

Perry is not the first person whose involvement in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has been affected due to visa problems.

Three models from Russia and one from Ukraine, who were all in the lineup to walk the show, have had to pull out because they were unable to get visas to China.

(By Chang Shu-ling and Kuan-lin Liu)