No, China isn’t giving Katy Perry another chance


In 2015, Katy Perry, known as “Fruit Sister” among fans in China, angered Chinese fans after she performed while wrapped in a Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) flag at a show in Taipei, and wore a dress adorned with sunflowers, the symbol of large-scale protests in Taiwan against a proposed trade pact with China.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and puts pressure on international organizations not to allow Taiwan to participate in events under its own name, or use its own red, blue, and white flag.

It seemed that Katy Perry was back in China’s good books last year in November, however, when she was scheduled to play a show linked to Alibaba’s Singles Day shopping event, but she abruptly canceled citing a family emergency—some Chinese fans said the real reason was because she was too distraught from Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss.

The list of celebrities banned from China is getting longer and longer. Justin Bieber was this year barred from touring in China because of unspecified “bad” behavior. Others, like Lady Gaga and Bjork, have expressed support for Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama—Richard Gere recently said that his support for Tibet has ruined his career because of China’s interference in Hollywood.