Who knew that one of Katy Perry's costumes could cause such an uproar?!
The singer is being blasted for wearing a sunflower-studded dress during a concert in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Some consider the costume to be a pro-Taiwanese statement, because March marked the one year anniversary of the Sunflower Student Movement.
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The 23-day occupation of Taiwan's parliament protested the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, which some residents feared would give mainland China too much economic influence over the small island nation. Sunflowers were carried by demonstrators as a symbol of hope.
Members of the Sunflower Movement gather in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
A group of the pop star's Chinese fans are reportedly upset over her alleged political statement, given the tension between China and Taiwan. But it should be noted that Katy has performed in this costume before...in China!
One commenter wrote on the Chinese social media website Weibo, "I'm speechless...I suppose she has no chance to come to the mainland anymore, though she might not care. These performers who intervene in other countries' politics are the most annoying."
But plenty of people have also defended the 30-year-old. "That's super fierce, wearing sunflowers," another fan wrote. "No wonder mainland artists say Taiwan has too much freedom of expression."
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Others simply found the whole thing ridiculous. "I am laugh-crying at Taiwan anti-China dissidents 'moved to tears' because Katy Perry's stylist accidentally committed her to their cause," someone tweeted.
We have a feeling that Katy's wardrobe department will definitely be retiring that look!
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