Dua Lipa Fans Forcibly Removed From Her Concert In Shanghai

Joann Johnston
September 14, 2018

British pop star Dua Lipa has said that she is "proud" of her fans after some were forcibly ejected from her Shanghai concert on Wednesday night for waving gay pride flags and for simply standing up and dancing.

'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, ' said Elsa who paid 980 yuan (£109) for a most expensive ticket to the concert.

The videos show security staff pulling people from their seats, and crowd members apparently being attacked by security guards outside the National Exhibition and Convention Center in the city's Qingpu district.

Update, 8 a.m. EST: Lipa has now addressed the Shanghai uproar in an Instagram post, which notes that she was "horrified" by the situation.

The BBC quotes one woman, who attended the concert with her daughter, as saying the police were "heavy-handed" and "aggressive".

Lipa, 23, was seemingly affected by the sight of her fans being ejected mid-show too as at one point she told fans through tears: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun".

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"What you did takes a lot of bravery", she continued.

The concert was the singer's second and final date in China on this tour. I want us all to dance.

The BBC notes that while homosexuality isn't illegal in China, anti-LGBTIQ sentiment does exist.

"I was horrified by what happened and send love to all my fans involved", she added. "We're not here for much longer, just a few more songs, but I would like us for these last few songs to just really, really enjoy ourselves, how about that?"

Lipa has spoken out in support of LGBTQ rights in the past, telling the U.K.'s Gay Times in 2016, "I think artists should really use their power and presence on social media to just put it out there and show support".

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