Why Is Taylor Swift's 1989 Clothing Line Being Censored in China?

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Taylor Swift is causing a little bit of trouble, trouble, trouble in China. The singer will be there in November for her 1989 World Tour, so it makes perfect sense that she just launched an e-commerce store in China packed with merchandise. Sort of.

In a recent Facebook post by China's state media, CCTV News, the numbers "1989" have vanished from a picture of her wearing the fashion line. WTF?

The items on the Heritage66 website, the Nashville-based partner that is set up to promote Taylor's products in China, have also had "1989" removed. That's because 1989 isn't just the name of Taylor's album or the year she was born, but it's also the year when the Tiananmen Square massacre happened in China.

The highly-censored event saw hundreds of pro-democracy protesters killed by the Chinese government. Many assume that's one of the reasons why the Tay t-shirts have been censored.

"Taylor Swift" and "Tiananmen Square" also share the same initials, T and S, which appear on a hoodie above the year 1989. We totally get why they axed the items. That IS a little awkward.

The items don't officially go on sale until August 8th. Guess we'll have to wait and see if they censor anything else.
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