Katy Perry’s controversial dress in Taiwan has been making headlines this week. The singer wore a glittery green dress that was adorned with sunflowers. Seemingly innocent enough, right? Well, it’s what Katy wore with the dress that’s causing controversy. She also wore a cape created from the Taiwan flag during her Prismatic World Tour that’s getting her in trouble.
It all started when Katy grabbed Taiwanese flag from a fan in the audience. She then wore the flag around her shoulders like a cape and performed her song “Unconditionally.” Katy did it while she wore the controversial sunflower dress. Though it may not have been intentional, it surely made some Taiwanese fans mad.
The Inquisitr previously noted that most fans wouldn’t find the dress as controversial, but some fans thought that Perry reached a new level of cultural appropriation. Photos of Perry’s controversial dress were immediately removed from several Chinese social media sites like Baidu. The sunflower dress is not a new piece in the singer’s Prismatic World Tour. It’s been featured in several of Perry’s performance since her tour kicked off last May.
Katy also added fuel to the fire for what she said during her performance. She allegedly asked her fans, “I don’t even know how to speak Mandarin. That’s what you speak, right?”
This isn’t the first time that Katy has been accused of cultural appropriation. She wore a geisha-inspired costume during her performance of “Unconditionally” at the 2013 American Music Awards. The Inquisitr report also noted that Katy’s been slammed for cultural appropriation in her “This Is How We Do,” “Birthday,” and “Dark Horse” music videos.
Some fans thought that Perry was making a political statement in regards to the anniversary of the Sunflower Student Movement. This pro-Taiwan movement was started by young people who were involved in a trade agreement with China, according to the Huffington Post. The students protested against the trade deal and demanded their own government. Many people do not view Taiwan as a separate state from China, the People’s Republic of China. In fact, most people in the U.S. consider Taiwan as part of China, according to the report. It’s unclear on whether Perry knows anything about the political movement or about China’s government.
Now some are wondering if Perry’s controversial dress will get her banned from China. Fans are worried that the “Dark Horse” singer will not be able to make a return to the mainland of China. Perry is quite popular in Asia, thanks in part to her colorful and whimsical costumes. Other performers have been banned from Beijing for expressing their support over sensitive political issues, according to a Foreign Policy report. Most Taiwanese fans have shared their support for Perry’s performance, while Taiwanese news outlets hailed her as the “Sunflower Goddess.”
Now, Katy is raising eyebrows for her new photo shoot for Wonderland magazine. The singer shared a photo from the shoot, which shows her with platinum blonde hair and bleached eyebrows. Katy also rocks a shorter hairdo and a feather dress in the photo, as seen below. The singer exclaimed her excitement about her new look.
“Tomorrow one of [my] favorite shoots I’ve EVER done is coming out on @wonderlandmag. There’s a couple rotating covers … But here’s a sneak [peek] for now!”
Some have compared Perry’s new look to Jared Leto’s platinum blonde hair at Paris Fashion Week. She’s also been experiencing the culture in Japan during a brief break in her Prismatic World Tour, as reported by the Daily Star. Perry was seen standing in line at a Taco Bell when she could’ve tried out the local food instead.
What are your thoughts on Katy Perry’s controversial dress? Do you think she should be banned from performing in China?
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