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No, China isn’t giving Katy Perry another chance

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China won’t hear her roar.
By Isabella Steger
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

China may not have forgiven Katy Perry yet.

The singer was denied a visa to China to perform at an upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show scheduled for the end of the month, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. China-focused website China Digital Times earlier this month posted a letter purportedly from Katy Perry, pledging to Chinese authorities “observe the laws and regulations” of China in her upcoming performance there, including doing nothing that would “jeopardize China’s unity and integrity.”

Page Six said that some of the models, including Gigi Hadid, had also been banned.

In 2015, Katy Perry, known as “Fruit Sister” among fans in China, angered Chinese fans after she performed while wrapped in a Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) flag at a show in Taipei, and wore a dress adorned with sunflowers, the symbol of large-scale protests in Taiwan against a proposed trade pact with China.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and puts pressure on international organizations not to allow Taiwan to participate in events under its own name, or use its own red, blue, and white flag.

It seemed that Katy Perry was back in China’s good books last year in November, however, when she was scheduled to play a show linked to Alibaba’s Singles Day shopping event, but she abruptly canceled citing a family emergency—some Chinese fans said the real reason was because she was too distraught from Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss.

The list of celebrities banned from China is getting longer and longer. Justin Bieber was this year barred from touring in China because of unspecified “bad” behavior. Others, like Lady Gaga and Bjork, have expressed support for Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama—Richard Gere recently said that his support for Tibet has ruined his career because of China’s interference in Hollywood.

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