This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has just taken another hit: insufferable pop-singer Katy Perry has been banned from China, where the event is scheduled to take place on Monday.
Ms. Perry was banned indefinitely from the Communist country when Chinese officials declined her visa application. According to Page Six, the "Roar" singer was unexpectedly denied entry because of the pro-Taiwan attire she wore during a performance in April 2015 in Taiwan's capital, Taipei.
The performance attire (shown below) was apparently an ode to "anti-China protesters" and her visual support for Taiwan.
"Her outfit wound up causing widespread outrage because the sunflower had been adopted the year before by anti-China protesters," Page Six reports. "To drive her point home, Perry also waved a Taiwanese flag during the concert in a show of support for the country, which has been butting heads with China for years over its independence."
"She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa," a source told the paper. "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."
Other leggy talent set to appear in the show have also been denied entry into the country.
Model Gigi Hadid was reportedly banned over a social media post in which the 22-year-old holds up a biscuit shaped like Buddha and mockingly squints her eyes. The video, posted by Hadid's model sister Bella, was deleted after the girls received a slew of backlash over the "racist" post.
Models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova have also been denied entry into the country.