The sunflower was adopted by anti-China protesters the year before.
In another setback for this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Perry has been banned from entering China, where the annual show is being held this year, after trying to obtain a visa so she could perform.
Katy Perry has been "banned indefinitely" from China, following a controversial 2015 concert.
Page Six reports that some models, including Gigi Hadid, were also banned for walking in the show due to social media posts which Chinese officials deemed offensive. Hadid also garnered backlash on Twitter when the clip surfaced earlier this year.
A source told Page Six that Perry was initially cleared to perform in Shanghai, but Chinese officials changed their minds after learning of a 2015 incident in Taiwan where the singer wore a sunflower dress in support of the country.
In addition to people not being allowed in the country, producers are being denied access to shoot anywhere outside of the Mercedes-Benz Studio, where the show is being filmed. "Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the handsome show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year!" "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter".
Others are highly upset that Gigi is out of the show, and they're blaming Victoria's Secret for her absence using the hashtag #VSShowIsOver.
'Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit'. However, models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova have reportedly been denied entry into China because of "offensive" social media posts.
She is being replaced in the show by Harry Styles.
Bustle has reached out to Victoria's Secret for confirmation and comment, as well as reps for Perry and Hadid.
Based on the history of cultural appropriation in the fashion show and China's political climate, it's unclear why Victoria's Secret ever thought this would be a good idea.