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Katy Perry's sunflower costume received harsh criticism in China (PHOTO)

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Katy Perry's crazy outfit nearly caused an international incident

Katy Perry is known for her wild costumes, but some Chinese fans are seeing a major conspiracy in a recent outfit.

The singer was performing in Taipei when she donned a dress featuring large sunflowers, surrounded by huge fake sunflowers, performing with backup dancers who were also wearing sunflowers. It's an act and a costume that Perry has worn in several countries on her Prismatic World Tour, but her Chinese fans are up in arms over a perceived political slight.

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To give a little background, a year ago students took over Taiwan's parliament, protesting a trade agreement with China in what became known as the Sunflower Student Movement. China and Taiwan have been locked in a struggle for political sovereignty over the nation for decades. The one-year anniversary of the student protest was very recent, and some Chinese fans took offense to the costume in the belief that she was symbolically trying to show her support for the movement.

The problem with this line of reasoning is that Perry wore the same costume at her Shanghai show.

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Even more troubling for her Chinese fans is that Perry later wrapped a Taiwanese flag around herself like a cape while singing "Unconditionally," which some see as a tacit nod toward the cause. Of course, some Taiwanese fans are now holding her up as a symbol of their desired revolution.

Perry — whose nickname is Fruit Sister in China — has not commented on the controversy herself, but we think these tweets sum up the situation pretty well.

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Tell us: Do you think Katy Perry meant to cause an international incident with her costumes?

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