You might not know this, but those who have traveled to China definitely know how difficult it is to get a visa to travel over there, and it’s even more difficult if you’re a celebrity. What exactly does that mean? Well, the Chinese government has banned certain celebrities from entering the country at all; Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese, Harrison Ford, Bob Dylan etc. They all have specific (and rather ridiculous) reasons why they’re not allowed to go into mainland China, and the most recent additions to the Chinese government’s naughty list are Katy Perry and Bella Hadid.
So, if you do want to visit China at some point in your life, here are the things that you should remember and the things that you should NOT do.
1. Don’t wear a sunflower dress, and especially not one with a Taiwanese flag
Katy Perry was the main musical act at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai, but just a day after she performed there, she was banned in China due to the outrage that this dress caused. The reason being that China and Taiwan have a pretty difficult relationship, with China attempting to take control of Taiwan and Taiwan wanting independence.
2. Don’t make any racist gestures
VS supermodel Gigi Hadid sent out a vague tweet yesterday, announcing that she won’t be appearing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year.
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
China still remembers the time when Gigi held up a Buddha cookie while squinting her eyes, and her sister Bella captured the moment on camera.
— . (@hvrrystime) February 5, 2017
3. Don’t do anything with the Dalai Lama
Don’t take pictures with him, like Selena Gomez did, don’t star in a movie that’s technically about him, like Brad Pitt did, and don’t even think of sending him congratulatory messages on social media, like Maroon 5.
4. Don’t be stupid
Justin Bieber has also been banned in China. Earlier this year, the Beijing culture bureau released the following statement: “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviours, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.”
So DDWJWD (Don’t Do What Justin Would Do), and you should be just fine.