Swift’s album title risks riling China
TAYLOR Swift’s hit album is named after her birth year. Naturally, she is marketing all kinds of related merchandise, including clothing.
Unfortunately, this is causing some problems in China, where her initials and that date remind people of the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 1989, when hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were killed by soldiers in Beijing.
Since then, the Chinese government has worked industriously to erase the event from history, banning all mention of it.
Swift is scheduled to launch the clothing line on two top Chinese retail websites, Taobao and Jing Dong. But British newspaper the Telegraph predicts the authorities will not allow anything branded “1989,” and adds Taylor’s planned Chinese concert dates may be scrapped, too.