In recent years, China has been grappling with gender inequality and LGBTQ discrimination. Despite the conservative vision of President Xi Jinping on women’s roles, many young women in China are rejecting social controls and rigid expectations imposed by the Communist Party. To this end, a tour concert film featuring Taylor Swift was screened in Beijing, providing a rare outlet for young women to express their feminist views and celebrate their freedom.
The film resonated with a younger generation that is becoming more aware of gender issues in China. While the country traditionally values male dominance and patriarchy, many Chinese women are critical of sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the labor market. The absence of Taylor Swift’s tour in China comes at a time when the country is facing economic challenges such as a drop in consumer confidence and slowdown in the overall economy. However, the screening of her tour concert film grossed 95 million yuan at the box office, providing a financial boost to the industry.
The film has been popular among Chinese feminists who have found it as an outlet to voice their opinions on gender issues in a nation where censorship is rampant. Despite being seen as a symbol of American society, Taylor Swift has been welcomed warmly in China, with her Shanghai stop selling out within minutes during her 2024 tour. The success of the program has inspired fans across the country to attend shows during Lunar New Year holiday festivities. For many attendees, it provided a sense of empowerment and courage to challenge societal norms and expectations.
In conclusion, while China’s ruling party may have increased censorship of concerts, movies, and streaming content, this screening provided an opportunity for young women to speak out against gender inequality and LGBTQ discrimination while celebrating their freedom. It has also provided financial benefits to the industry despite ongoing economic challenges faced by the country.