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Katy Perry Pulls Out Of China Appearance After Election

| by Michael Doherty

Singer Katy Perry, who had been a vocal advocate for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, has pulled out of a heavily publicized performance for China's Singles' Day, days after Donald Trump became president-elect.

The performance, which had been promoted by Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce vendor, was to take place just before China's Singles' Day, which has surpassed Black Friday as the largest annual shopping event in the world, according to Mashable.

Perry cited a "family emergency" for not being able to make it to the event.

The singer, who is famous for hit songs like "Firework" and "Roar," had helped campaign for Clinton during the election. After Trump's victory was announced, Perry sent out a string of tweets urging Americans to peacefully protest the election's results.

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"WE WILL NEVER BE SILENCED," Perry said in one tweet. "Do not sit still. Do not weep. MOVE. We are not a nation that will let HATE lead us," she added in another.

The planned performance was meant to promote Singles' Day sales, which started at midnight on Nov. 11. Perry would have been joined on stage by band One Republic, as well as actress Scarlett Johansson, soccer player David Beckham and basketball player Kobe Bryant.

The singer was meant to headline the event as a "global ambassador," but in her absence, Beckham took her place. Perry had been heavily featured in Alibaba's promotional materials and advertisements for Singles' Day. Her appearance had reportedly been an effort to increase the event's international appeal, according to Bloomberg.

Perry is reportedly "devastated" after Clinton's loss, according to Hollywood Life. Perry's boyfriend, actor Orlando Bloom, has been "encouraging her to stay super positive and to keep her spirits up," said a source.

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"He knows how devastated she is over Trump’s win, and is doing his best to be a pillar of strength for her and to keep showering her with love and affection," the source added.

"Gonna cry my false eye lashes off tonight," tweeted Perry earlier in the night, when polls still reported that Hillary had a likely chance to defeat Trump.

"Fight for what is RIGHT," she tweeted the next day, after the election's results had become clear. "PEACEFULLY PROTEST."

Sources: Mashable, Bloomberg, Hollywood Life / Photo credit: Ali Shaker/VOA/Wikimedia Commons

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