Swift’s al­bum ti­tle risks ril­ing China

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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