Beijing recently hosted a screening of Taylor Swift’s Delete tour concert film, which featured women singing feminist lyrics and dancing in sparkly dresses to celebrate LGBTQ freedoms. Despite President Xi Jinping’s conservative views on gender roles, the film provided a unique outlet for young Chinese women who rejected societal controls and Communist Party expectations.

China’s most powerful leader has encouraged women to prioritize childbearing and take on domestic duties, but many educated Chinese women are frustrated with sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the workplace. The film, starring Taylor Swift, resonated with a younger generation that is more conscious of gender issues in China, where patriarchal values still dominate.

Despite economic challenges such as declining consumer confidence and a slowing economy, the release of the tour’s concert film in China was financially successful, earning 95 million yuan at the box office. The Shanghai leg of Taylor Swift’s 2024 tour sold out in minutes, making it the fastest-selling ticket in Chinese history.

The film was popular among Chinese feminists and provided a rare opportunity for young women to express their views in a country where censorship of concerts, movies, and streaming content has increased. Despite being an American icon, Taylor Swift has been warmly welcomed in China.

The screening was well-received by attendees who expressed that it gave them a sense of empowerment and courage. As the program continues to run during Lunar New Year holidays across China, fans are excited to attend screenings throughout the country. The success of this event demonstrates how music can bring people together despite cultural differences and political ideologies.

By Editor

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