Pop star Katy Perry will not be performing at Victoria's Secret Fashion show following a ban stemming from a controversial 2015 concert. Perry has now been banned indefinitely from China and her visa denied after rumors she would be performing at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.
The performance behind the star's recent ban saw Perry wearing a Taiwanese flag while performing at a concert in Taipei Arena which made the Chinese authorities angry. Another outfit which seems to have contributed to the ban was a sunflower gown, a symbol of the Sunflower Student Movement which protested a Chinese trade agreement in 2014.
A source close to the artist told Page Six, "She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa. 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. Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter."
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Perry was recently under fire in Australia also after appearing in an ad where she tells her dog to "go chase some koalas." Veterinarian Claire Madden fired back at Perry through an interview with Courier-Mail newspaper saying, "This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer. [It’s] inappropriate on so many levels. Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas."
The controversial line has since been removed from the advertisement and replaced with a new line.
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