ooks like this year's Victoria's Secret is already coming apart at the seams. The lingerie extravaganza is scheduled to happen next Monday in Shanghai, China, but the Republic's notoriously finicky diplomats have already banned two of the evening's brightest stars – Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry.
Every year, the Victoria's Secret Show is one of the biggest fashion world events.
It always features an amazing roster of the hottest models, the most popular acts, and a front row dripping in celebs.
This year, however, the show's producers decided to do something different. They decided to host the show in Shanghai. There's only one problem. China's visa process is notoriously difficult.
“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.”
For wishing someone "Happy Birthday?"
Sure, it’s the Dalai Lama, and China has historically not had the best relationship with Tibet (to put it lightly) but still. All the man did was wish another person “happy birthday.”
In any event, China also bans anyone it deems as having done a more serious crime. Case in point, Katy Perry.
In 2015, Perry did a concert in Taiwan, a country that China sees as its breakaway province. Basically, China feels Taiwan is part of China, and Taiwan feels otherwise… and then in the middle of all this popped Katy Perry.
During the performance, Perry wore the Taiwanese flag as a cape and a dress with sunflowers on it.
Sunflowers, fyi, had been adopted by anti-China protestors the year before.
China, to put it lightly, was not amused.