A violent incident at her concert left pop star Dua Lipa in tears after security guards dragged fans out of her Shanghai show for waving Pride flags.
Videos emerged on social media showing security trying to drag people over a row of seats after they waved the LGBTI Pride flags at her show at Wednesday’s show (12 September). People around them started screaming as the show stopped and the arena went completely dark.
The crowd around them started shouting at the guards saying ‘how can you grab a girl like that’.
— SubwaySucker (@dr_jolin) September 12, 2018
Dua Lipa known for her hits New Rules and IDGAF has been a vocal LGBTI ally. Visibly upset after the incident, addressed the crowd after security successfully ejected some of the fans.
‘I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun,’ Dua Lipa told the crowd.
‘I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time.’
Taking a second to compose herself she told the crowd her show in Shanghai was almost over and that they should try enjoy their last few minutes together.
‘I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?’ she said.
Dua Lipa Cried In Shanghai China Tonight pic.twitter.com/Tz17SRGpiH
— Liability (@958353005) September 12, 2018
Dua Lipa has not commented since the incident happened but her tour continues in China.
More videos appeared on social media site Twitter and Weibo showing security guards assaulting the fans outside the stadium.
#DuaLipa #DuaLipaMNL #DuaLipaMNL2018 #Shanghai And this on is UNBELIEVABLE!!! The audience who were pulled out of the concert by security guards, and also beaten up outside by security guards!!!!!!! These security guards are totally hooligans!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/kON19ak6xH
— Belief WILD (@Belief_wild) September 12, 2018
Some people said security guards also violently stopped some spectators from dancing, telling them to sit down.
One more video…the girl was up on her feet so happy n thought they coming to interact with her, only to be smashed onto the ground and taken away.💔 Not every show in China is like this, it’s said @LiveNation instructed them to do so. We’re so sorry @DUALIPA had to witness. pic.twitter.com/Eo5XwOpsQY
— Liberatedex (@dexlav) September 12, 2018
Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but the government has banned any homosexual content online or on film and television. It tried to blockany homosexual content on the massively popular Weibo, but a popular movement helped to overturn the decision.
The Eurovision Broadcasting Corporation revoked China’s rights to this year’s Eurovision after it censored a gay kiss and blurred a rainbow flag during the semi-finals.