US singer Katy Perry has become the latest artist to be banned from China allegedly “indefinitely” due to wearing a sunflower dress at her 2015 concert in Taiwan capital Taipei, reported BBC and The Guardian in November 2017. The sunflower has become a symbol of the anti-China movement in Taiwan. At the same concert, the singer also draped a Taiwan flag on herself.
The singer was set to be a performer at a Victoria’s Secret lingerie show in Shanghai.
This is not the first time Chinese authorities banned artists from their country for their political beliefs or relationships with people like the Dalai Lama.
Lady Gaga was banned in 2016 for meeting with the Dalai Lama that year. British singer Jane Birkin was denied a Chinese visa in 2016 for her participation in a 2008 Tibetan independence protest in Paris. US pop star Selena Gomez was banned from performing in 2016 over photos posted on her social media profiles in 2014 of her with the Dalai Lama.
In 2015 US rock band Bon Jovi was banned for performing a show in Taiwan in 2010 in front of a backdrop that pictured the Dalai Lama. Earlier that year, US pop group Maroon 5 was also banned allegedly because a band member tweeted a happy birthday message to the Dalai Lama. And in 2009 the British rock group Oasis was banned due to one of the member’s performance at a Free Tibet concert in New York City in 1997.