Being a communist nation, China is not one to let just anybody into the country. Once you’ve been blacklisted, not even celebrity status can help you. Last year, Lady Gaga was banned from visiting China because she met with the Dalai Lama, and other celebs like Harrison Ford, Richard Gere and Maroon 5 have also been denied access. Most recently, Katy Perry was denied a visa to perform there for her political messaging in 2015.
Perry was set to perform at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on Monday, but Page Six reports that she won’t be permitted to enter the country because of her political statements about Taiwan. At a 2015 concert in Taipei, Perry wore a glittery sunflower-patterned dress and waved a Taiwanese flag during her performance.
The sunflower had been adopted as an anti-Chinese symbol by a Taiwanese student movement the year before. There has been tension between China and Taiwan over the latter’s independence since the early 1900s with Taiwan protesting for the right to rule themselves and China resistant to relinquishing their power over the state. Perry’s support of Taiwan’s cause has been interpreted as a threat to China, resulting in her ban from the country.
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Page Six also reports that models Gigi Hadid, Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova may have all been banned too for various reasons. They suggest that Hadid’s ban is the result of a racist video in which she held up a Buddha-shaped cookie and squinted her eyes to mock its features.
Reports say that Harry Styles has been tapped to take Katy Perry’s place in the show.