Katy Perry and at least four models, including Gigi Hadid, have learned the hard way that insulting China can get you banned from the communist country indefinitely. According to Page Six, the singer was “initially informed she’d be able to gain access,” but the government apparently changed their mind after discovering the 2015 concert in Taipei, where Perry wore a dress covered in sunflowers and waved a Taiwanese flag.
According to a Page Six source,
“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.”
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where Perry was supposed to perform, is also dealing with four big-name models not being granted visas. A source told Page Six that Gigi Hadid was denied a visa by the Chinese government because of a February IG video that featured the model squinting her eyes while holding a biscuit shaped like the Buddha.
Hadid was labeled by many as a racist and the Chinese government seems to agree, warning her not to travel to Shanghai.