British singer Dua Lipa ended up in tears during her Shanghai concert last night after a large number of fans were said to be forcefully removed by Chinese security guards - apparently for waving rainbow flags.
Netizens have also pointed out inconsistencies in venue regulations, as Guangzhou concertgoers claimed they were able to stand without issue during the previous night's show.
Following Dua Lipa's live performance in Shanghai recently, fans took to social media to share footage that appeared to show a security guard roughly dragging a fan out of her seat and now Dua Lipa has responded to the incident.
It was suggested some fans were ejected for waving pro-gay rights flags at the concert on Wednesday. "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun", she said, according to fan-captured video.
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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".
During the concert, the singer was reportedly upset by what was happening and she told the crowd, "I want us all to dance".
"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".
"I was horrified by what happened and send love to all my fans involved", she added.
Homosexuality is not illegal in China but LGBT activists increasingly have faced official pressure in recent years. "I want us all to dance, I want us all to sing, I want us all to have a really good time ..."
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