Everyone has an outfit that they regret wearing. Maybe you thought socks with sandals was a good look, or really loved a sweater-vest back in the day, or perhaps you just unsuccessfully tried mixing a polka dot top with striped pants.
Whatever your fashion faux pas, chances are it didn’t get you banned from entering another country. But for Katy Perry, that’s exactly what happened. China has banned her for the simple reason of wearing a dress.
To be fair, it wasn’t an ordinary dress, and China isn’t the easiest country to get in to. Visitors have to apply for an entry visa in advance of traveling there and part of that process involves a background check.
Because of this process, China has banned several celebrities from entering in the past. Rock band Maroon 5 were forced to cancel two concerts in China back in 2015 after being denied entry into the country.Apparently, their keyboard player sent a happy birthday tweet to the Dalai Lama, which did not go over well with Chinese authorities. Lady Gaga, Björk, and Oasis were also banned from China because of their vocal support for Tibet.Just Bieber was also banned but that was related to his idiotic and disrespectful antics.
The background check required for the visa is extensive, and even a tweet recognizing Tibet as an independent country from China can be cause for refusal.In Justin Bieber’s case, it wasn’t so much political reasons, but “bad behavior”, as Chinese officials put it, that kept him out of the country – although they failed to specify exactly what this bad behavior was.China is a massive market for Western entertainers so not being able to perform there can be a huge blow. Katy Perry has quite the following there, with her Chinese fans affectionately referring to her as “fruit sister”.
The nickname has to do with her penchant for wearing colorful clothing with fruit shaped patterns or including fruit in her concerts and videos.However, the dress that got Katy Perry banned from China did not have fruit on it, but rather something else that seemingly wouldn’t cause anyone any harm. Her dress was covered in sunflowers.
Yes, that’s right, apparently, sunflowers are a big no-no in China. More specifically, Katy had worn the dress during a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, where the sunflower is an emblem of Taiwanese anti-China protesters.Katy had worn the dress during other concerts, but Chinese authorities dug up the photos from her concerns in Taiwan, where she also wore a Taiwanese flag as a cape with the dress.
It’s unlikely Katy was trying to be political considering she had worn the dress before and frequently includes a local flag in her concerts. However, when China finds something it doesn’t like about you, there is no way you are getting into the country, regardless of your explanation.But it turns out that Katy isn’t the only celebrity to be recently banned from China. This supermodel isn’t allowed in either…Gigi Hadid faced a similar predicament recently. She has also been banned from entering China because of a tweet from her sister, Bella, last February. The tweet contained a video, which showed Gigi holding a cookie shaped like the Buddha and squinting her eyes.
China was not happy about that! And neither were millions of Asian people, either, I’m sure.This means that neither Katy nor Gigi will be attending the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year, which is being held in Shanghai. Katy was scheduled to perform and is now being replaced by Harry Styles.
Along with Gigi, it has been revealed that models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharapova have also been denied a Chinese entry visa.With the recent announcement of who will be in attendance, it looks like Kendal Jenner and Bella Hadid won’t be there either. Check out the video below, which explains why they can’t enter China either:
One thing is for sure, you don’t mess with China!