The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debacle in China is turning into more and more weird.
While staffers for the lingerie large scramble to get Monday’s present in Shanghai again on monitor after a string of issues acquiring visas for fashions and performers equivalent to Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid — each of whom had been denied — in addition to permits for press, they’ve been much more hampered by the truth that e-mails of VS present staffers and manufacturing crew are apparently being monitored by Chinese authorities.
TV and media-industry insiders who’re desperately making an attempt to determine what’s occurring amid the manufacturing chaos are getting pissed off by messages from colleagues in China merely saying that they will’t communicate frankly in regards to the points with the federal government as a result of their communications are being watched.
As The Post has reported, Perry — who was booked to carry out in the course of the glitzy annual present — had her visa software declined as a result of she as soon as confirmed help for Taiwan (which is in an independence battle with China) throughout a Beijing live performance.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Hadid has been rebuffed by officers as a result of she as soon as drew criticism for posing insensitively with a cookie formed just like the Buddha. Plus, fellow Angel Adriana Lima’s visa software has been imperiled by an unknown “diplomatic issue.”
Said a supply in regards to the VS undie surveillance, “They want to discuss what’s going on as far as replacements for those denied visas and alternative arrangements, but they have to be tight-lipped because it seems that the government is watching their e-mails,” stated a supply.
Media touring to China for the occasion have additionally been thwarted by the authorities. We’re advised that many trend bloggers have been denied visas, and TV producers have found that they want permits to shoot exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the place the present — which can, fingers-crossed, air on CBS later this month — is happening. As one supply put it, “If you’re going to China you want to show that you’re in China!”
Victoria’s Secret didn’t get again to us.