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A dress which featured over-the-top sunflowers in its design has resulted in Katy Perry being banned from entering China indefinitely.
Katy, who wore the dress in 2015, was due to perform in Shanghai for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Instead she has had her Visa denied according to Page Six.
Sources told Page Six Katy wore the offending dress during a 2015 concert in Taipei. Chinese officials perceived the dress as Katy voicing support for Taiwanese anti-Chinese protesters who used a sunflower as part of their campaign. Katy, at one point during the concert, also draped a Taiwanese flag over her sunflower dress.
Katy now joins the company of other performers, including Lady Gaga, Oasis, Maroon 5, Bjork and Justin Bieber, who have been denied entry to the communist country. The reason? According to Page Six, “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 offensive to the country.”
Former One Direction singer, Harry Styles, is reportedly replacing Perry at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.