Dua Lipa breaks down in tears as fans are removed for waving rainbow flags at Shanghai concert
Witnesses have said that some of the fans who were removed from the concert because they were doing something as simple as standing up
British songstress Dua Lipa was in Shanghai on September 12 night for a concert where she ended up in tears after a number of fans were forcefully removed from the venue by Chinese security guards for waving rainbow flags. Witnesses said that some of the fans who were removed from the concert because they were doing something as simple as standing up. The singer looked very upset as she tried to console the fans from the stage.
A video that has been uploaded on Twitter shows her addressing her fans and saying: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun. I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time. We're not here for much longer, we have only a few more songs, and I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?"
The star posted on her Instagram page and said that she was "horrified" by what happened and even spoke about her love for her "brave" fans. She wrote: "I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show."
Dua Lipa Cried In Shanghai China Tonight pic.twitter.com/Tz17SRGpiH— Liability (@958353005) September 12, 2018
According to one of the fans who was present at the concert, security guards at the venue stormed inside holding laser pointers and flashlights just after the concert started when thousands of young fans were singing along to some of her popular tracks. The fan, who wished to be called Elsa, told the Daily Mail that the ambience at the venue had been great and orderly before the rude security guards stormed the arena.
The 18-year-old, who is a university student, said that many of the fans at the concert had been standing up because they were enjoying the music but then the security guards showed up all of a sudden and ordered them to sit down. She also said she saw one man being removed from the premises for waving a rainbow flag and many more flags were confiscated. She said: "Many fans at the front rows were holding the rainbow flags high, and I heard they were ordered to take down the flags, especially the fans in the first three rows."
Elsa paid 980 yuan (£109) for one of the more expensive tickets to the show. She also said that she liked the singer because she spread the message of equality between men and women as well as many positive messages to her fans. Speaking of how she hoped this incident would not put a wrench in Dua Lipa's musical future in China, the student said: "As a lover of western pop music and culture, this incident has broken my heart."
Dua Lipa had her first tour to China this week, with one concert in Guangzhou on Tuesday and another yesterday in Shanghai's National Exhibition and Convention Center. The singer has openly supported the LGBT community in her music video 'Blow Your Mind', but to the Chinese authority gay rights remain a taboo topic. Another concertgoer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that she saw one female fan being thrown out by several security guards after it was alleged that she flipped them the bird for asking her to sit down. The fan and the guards started arguing and then she was removed by force. The anonymous fan, who also bought one of the more expensive tickets, said that there were people being kicked out of the concert "non-stop". She also said, however, that it was not clear why the guards had forbidden the fans from carrying the rainbow flags.
Videos of the fans who were being forced out of the venue have been shared widely on social media and many users on the Internet have condemned the "brutal behavior" by the security guards.
One music critic wrote on his Weibo account that the actions of the concert staff had been "out of line". He wrote: "The fact that fans would sometimes stand up to take pictures and applaud during concerts are completely acceptable and controllable. There is no need (for the staff) to catch them and kick them out as if they were fugitives."