"It's A Nightmare" - Chinese Bureaucrats Are Killing The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The marketing brass at L Brands are probably starting to regret their decision to hold this year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show - expected to have the largest audience in the show's history - in Shanghai.

As the New York Post reports, the fashion show, which takes place in two weeks and will feature  Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Karlie Kloss, among other internationally recognized supermodels, is transforming into an international diplomatic crisis.

Chinese government officials are refusing to work with the show’s producers and grant the necessary expedited visas so fashion bloggers and other media types who’re supposed to cover the show, according to the New York Post.

Bureaucrats have also stubbornly resisted other seemingly routine requests, like approving shooting locations for the TV crew.

We’re told fashion bloggers booked to cover the glitzy event are canceling their trips because the Chinese government won’t give them visas; TV producers are grappling with bureaucrats over permission to shoot outside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where it’s being held (“If you’re going to China, you want to show that you are in China!” fumed an insider); and Victoria’s Secret staffers in China can’t send out press releases because they have to be approved by government officials.


“It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],” said a jet-setting insider. “These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there."


We’re told that producers charged with coordinating the coverage for various outlets are “on the verge of nervous breakdowns."

The show, which will be broadcast on CBS, has mostly been held in the US since 2001, but the popular purveyor of ladies’ undergarments has had a run of bad luck in the past few years since trying to host the show overseas, the Post reports. Last year’s show (which was held in Paris) was also plagued with production issues caused by a terror attack and Kim Kardashian’s high-profile robbery.

For that event, every journalist covering the event had to submit to background checks and provide government ID, and security was so tight that cars dropping off VIP guests were only allowed to stop momentarily outside the venue, so celebrities had to circle the block before being dropped off.

This year, they’d be lucky to get a visa.


HopefulCynical a Smudge by an… Sat, 11/18/2017 - 05:04 Permalink

If this company had any guts at all, it would cancel on the Chinese, push the show back a week and do it in a US city. Make a big deal out of explaining that China is not ready for prime time and that thay're not friendly to western business. It would be a lot of work but it could be done, and the point would be made: jerk us around, go fuck yourselves.

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random999 overbet Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:14 Permalink

Well now all libtards can see how china is treating foreigners. I invested 5 years into china, ended up giving up on it. Had a lot of fun, but things never got better, actually they got worse. If you think visas is a big issue, try importing lol. There are just a lot of way more attractive places in asia than china, both for life, work and buisness.

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Conscious Reviver Justin Case Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

Did you say dual-citizens? News flash Australian Government is in crisis over dual-citizens. Someone got someone kicked out of Parliment after discovering a 117 year old law that dual-citizens can not be elected to Parliament. This set off an avalanche of claims and counter claims as it turns out that some unknown number, maybe a majority of those serving in Parlament are dual-citizens. Easy to find articles on this. Hard to find an article with a breakdown on who is a dual-citizen of which country. Hmmm, why is that? Malcolm Turnbull, the ex-Goldmanite Prime Minister is probably a dual-citizen. Imagine if we had this law in the US. How many Congress critters would have to quit?

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OverTheHedge peddling-fiction Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

So the article Tyler posts, and the article I read, can be two completely different things? Do we need to compare each post with the ZH  archive, to keep tabs?Or how about some kind of torrent-style distributed content - if every user kept a portion of the site as reference, then spoofed material should be easy to spot. Not sure that performance would be impacted, because with all these ads, there is no performance anyway.And does that mean I have the NSA to thank for the lingerie models, not Tyler? It's all getting too confusing for words.

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peddling-fiction OverTheHedge Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:35 Permalink

Yes, you can check and compare sometimes in other computers that are not your own.Heck, even Google Ads works this way, as well as Google Search.Mostly we are herded into virtual content groups, but also comment groups (on ZH).This is especially true if you are a targeted individual.However, this happens before you notice it yourself.Be vigilant. Start to observe without emotion.No fear.

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peddling-fiction Implied Violins Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:00 Permalink

Butterflies, cats, leopards, and bunnies (yep).But all models and beauty pageant contestants could be or will eventually be, if they want to continue to be successful.Pop music stars (most of them) and actors and actresses; look for videos of broken mirrors and psych wards. Wizard of Oz, Rainbows, Fantasia (Disney). Covering one eye is very telling. Checkerboard and/or black and white symbology. Roses. Purple.Our world is full of miserable and evil people, and their victims.The following site covers this sordid world.Warning: it may be disturbing to follow the truth through symbols here:http://www.pseudoccultmedia.net

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land_of_the_few Justin Case Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:02 Permalink

Yes and if anyone actually bothered to read the article, "security (last year in Paris) was so tight that cars dropping off VIP guests were only allowed to stop momentarily outside the venue, so celebrities had to circle the block before being dropped off." Plus, the French robbed Kardashian. O tempore, o mores.So basically them baaad baad Chicoms sorry French, were doing the same or worse to these noble, altruistic culture-bringers from Victoria's Secret last year.

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