Katy Perry has been banned from entering China, and Gigi Hadid announced that she won’t be walking in the show.
When I woke up and saw The Cut’s headline “Is the Victoria’s Secret Show Going to Be the Next Fyre Festival?” I knew I had a lot to catch up on. It turns out, the company’s first show in China — set to take place in Shanghai — is up to its eyeballs in problems.
Here are just a few: Katy Perry has allegedly been banned from entering China (I’m not laughing, you’re laughing) after, Page Six reports, the Chinese government caught wind of a controversial 2015 performance in Taipei, capital of Taiwan, where she wore a dress with sunflowers on it — a flower that had been adopted the previous year by anti-China protesters.
I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! 🙂 x
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 16, 2017
Gigi Hadid also tweeted on Thursday that she would not be walking in the show. It’s still unclear as to why she was denied entry, though many have been calling for her to not be allowed into China after a video in which she appeared to be mocking Asian people. Bella Hadid, however, posted on Instagram that she’s on her way to Shanghai for the show. It has also been reported that Adriana Lima is having trouble securing a visa due to a “diplomatic problem.” Yikes!
TMZ also reported that fans are getting scammed into spending tens of thousands of dollars on fake tickets for the show. Real tickets for the show are by invitation only, and one company is selling tickets complete with fake afterparties. “The Chinese equivalent to eBay is now littered with offers to purchase tickets … we found the rock-bottom price was $7,000 and the highest was a staggering $35,000 which supposedly got you a seat in the first 5 rows,” TMZ wrote. “And get this for audacious … the $35k includes a phantom afterparty.”
Harry Styles will be performing in place of Perry unless he does something involving a sunflower in the meantime. You can watch the spectacle unfold on Tuesday, Nov. 28th, at 10/9c on CBS.