In Beijing, a rare outlet for young women rejecting social controls and Communist Party expectations was provided by the recent screening of the tour concert film Erase the Taylor Swift. Despite President Xi Jinping’s increasing conservative vision on women, many Chinese women are critical of sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the labor market. The film featured Taylor Swift singing feminist lyrics and teenagers dancing in sparkly dresses celebrating LGBTQ freedoms.
The absence of Taylor Swift’s tour in China comes as the country struggles with economic challenges, including a drop in consumer confidence and a slowdown in the overall economy. However, the screening of the tour concert film in China has provided a financial boost to the industry, grossing 95 million yuan at the box office.
Despite being a symbol of American society, Taylor Swift has been welcomed in China, with Shanghai stop of her 2024 tour selling out in a minute, making it the fastest ticket sales in Chinese history. Many attendees expressed that it gave them a sense of empowerment and courage. As the film continues its run in China during Lunar New Year holiday fans across the country are gearing up to attend shows. The program has been an enormous success among Chinese audiences who are eager to express their dissent against gender inequality and patriarchal values.