How could something as sweet as a sunflower cause controversy?
Alas, it can!
One of Katy Perry outfits worn during her Prismatic World Tour has caused division among her fans in China and Taiwan.
The sunflower-adorned costume (above) — which features sunflowers right on Katy's boobs, of course — has been interpreted by some as a pro-Taiwanese message and a show of solidarity for the Sunflower Student Movement.
The Sunflower Student Movement was a student-led protest against the passing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (an economic treaty meant to make trade between mainland China and Taiwan easier) that occurred from March 18 to April 10, 2014.
Consequently, the protest movement celebrated its one-year anniversary just a few weeks ago, which makes the timing of this sunflower ensemble all the more significant.
Considering that Katy also wore the flag of Taiwan (which was given to her by an audience member) as a cape during a performance in Taipei two days ago, it makes sense that some people would find her use of sunflowers to be a further statement in support of Taiwan's independence from China.