Katy Perry has reportedly been banned from China indefinitely because of this dress
Katy Perry's known for her outrageous outfits, including a Christmas tree dress, a carousel dress and a bustier that sprays whipped cream. But now one of her ensembles had gotten her in trouble with one of the most powerful entities in the world, an authoritarian regime that forbids all criticism - no, not Taylor Swift. China.
The Chinese government is extremely strict, and censors all forms of media that could reach a large audience. They censor websites, like Google, Facebook and YouTube. They censor any movies about "ghosts, monsters or demons." They censor the media, if anyone is critical of the government. They're even going to censor this article - if you're in China you'll only be able to read these three words: China is great!
So which Katy Perry outfit made her relationship with China "Hot N Cold?" What made the Communist Government say "Hear Me Roar?" What made the Chinese First Lady, Peng Liyuan, say "I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It?" Okay, that last one doesn't work. Anyway, China's mad because Katy Perry wore a glittery dress with giant sunflowers.
So what's the big deal? China refuses to recognize Taiwan as a territory, and Taiwanese anti-China protestors have adopted the sunflower as their emblem. If wearing this dress was the only incident, then maybe Katy could say it's a coincidence. But during one of her 2015 concerts, she draped the Taiwanese flag over her sunflower dress, which makes it pretty clear it's no coincidence. This costume change made national news in China, and really pissed them off.
Now Katy Perry is reportedly banned from entering China. The decision came just days before she was scheduled to perform at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. Officials reversed their decision to grant her a visa.
Page Six explains that “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." Katy's not the only musical artist banned - China also banned Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Oasis, and Björk.
If any of you Katy Perry fans are having trouble following this, here's a translation:
Basically, Katy was like, "Can I perform?"
Then China was like, "Yasss kween."
Then Katy was like, "Yasss it will be lit AF."
Then China was like, "Omg, omg, sunflower, bae? 4 real??? sunflower?!!?!"
Then Katy was like, "Yasss."
Then China was like, "Or nah! Offensive AF. I can't even."
Then Katy was like, "whaaaa? pls? i luv u."
Then China was like, "Nah. We done. Swish, swish, bish. Another one in the basket. Can't touch this. Another one in the casket."
According to Page Six, she was banned because of a video that showed her mocking Asians while posing with a Buddha-shaped dessert.
So, if you're planning a visit to China, leave your sunflower dress at home. Or just say screw it, put it on, and walk up and down the streets in Shanghai singing, "This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me - no! Throw your sticks and your stones. Throw your bombs and your blows. But you’re not gonna break my soul."