Possibly the strangest headline I’ve ever written before proceeding to write an article or make a report based on the ever changing events of the music universe. But yes, you read it correctly, the ‘California Girls’ star has been banned from performing and is forced to miss out on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in China, and it might be the funniest thing I’ve read so far today.
It all stems from a concert back in 2015 in which Perry wore the Taiwanese flag whilst performing, prompting Chinese authorities to become upset and angered, as they deemed the move controversial. A year before this in 2014, she wore a sunflower gown on stage which was believed to be referencing the Sunflower Student Movement famous for protesting a Chinese trade agreement at the time. Poor choices of clothing by Perry, or over sensitivity by the Chinese officials? Who knows, perhaps both. In fact almost definitely both. China has always displayed strict codes of conduct when it comes to respect and conformity and whether Katy Perry’s choices were overtly political, made out of protest or were just unfortunate and ignorant coincidences or mistakes, the fact remains that China has revoked the singers Visa and entry to the country has not been allowed. It appears that Perry hasn’t been the only victim of the ban as Gigi Hadid and Irina Sharipova have also been handed the ban from Chinese officials. It’s not the first time in music that this has occurred and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last. In fact Perry was banned from entering Australia previously for making a remark about allowing her Dog to go and chase some Koalas. Not a smart move either when you consider how protective of their eco-system Australia is.
In this increasingly sensitive and political world, not a wise move Perry, not a wise move.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)