Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Dua Lipa Issues Statement After Fan Is Dragged Out Of Live Show

Dua Lipa Issues Statement After Fan Is Dragged Out Of Live Show

The below video shows a security guard aggressively pulling a concertgoer from her seat.

Some said people were ejected for standing up during the performance while others said it was because they were waving gay rights flags.

"She had to wear a long glove to cover her tatoo [sic], and her fans were violently beaten up and dragging out from the concert for standing up or displaying a rainbow flag". "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun", she said, according to fan-captured video. "I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time", Dua tearfully told her fans. But her stop in Shanghai on Wednesday night (September 12) was marked by an incident directly affecting a group of her fans. Despite the drama, the starlet stands by her fans, and is grateful that they "felt safe enough to show [their] pride" at the concert.

Homosexuality is not illegal in China and was decriminalized almost 20 years ago, BBC reports, though attitudes toward the LGBTQ community and its portrayal in the media have been less than progressive, with government bans on various forms of LGBTQ content for being "pornographic and vulgar".

She went on to add, "What you did takes a lot of bravery".

A woman at the concert told the BBC that the security staff and police were being "heavy-handed" and "aggressive". All the fans are forbidden to stand out and could only sit on to see the show?!?

The concert was the singer's second and final date in China on this tour.

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. I would love for these last few songs for us to really, really enjoy ourselves - how about that?"

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