At Dua Lipa Concert, Dancing Fans Were Dragged Out

HONG KONG — Dua Lipa, a 23-year-old British pop star, was crooning in addition to grooving on stage. The crowd cheered, some waving signs with the singer’s name glowing pink.

yet what started out as a jubilant night out for young music fans in Shanghai descended into violence when security workers pulled people through their seats.

Video footage circulated of security guards shoving in addition to dragging concertgoers through the venue. Music fans across China expressed outrage, describing the removal as unwarranted.

Yixuan Zhang, 27, had been so excited about the concert in which he ordered a telescope online to help him see the stage more clearly.

yet his most vivid memory through the evening happened offstage: A pack of security guards approached a dancing woman; as she reached out having a giddy embrace, one of the guards threw her to the ground. A widely circulated video of the events showed several people shouting at the guards in shock.

“They were not there maintaining order,” Mr. Zhang said. “They were there creating chaos.”

In a statement posted on her Twitter account, Ms. Lipa said in which she was “horrified” by the events in which unfolded. During the concert on Wednesday, Ms. Lipa was visibly upset; in tears, she said in which she wanted to “create a definitely safe environment” for fans to “definitely enjoy themselves.”

A mid-show announcement warned audience members not to stand on their chairs, yet concertgoers said in which many of those who were removed had been standing in addition to dancing on the ground.

Videos showed packs of security guards pulling in addition to dragging fans, shouting back when audience members protested.

Some social media users claimed in which a few fans were removed for waving rainbow flags, which were then confiscated.

Writing on Twitter, Ms. Lipa seemed to refer to in which, saying: “I will stand by you all for your love in addition to beliefs in addition to I am proud in addition to grateful in which you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show.”

A spokeswoman said Ms. Lipa had nothing to add to the statement in addition to the entertainment company in which produced the concert did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Homosexuality can be not illegal in China, yet a conservative culture persists in which looks down on people in same-sex relationships, in addition to gay rights groups often run into trouble with the Chinese authorities. In April, Sina Weibo, one of China’s most favorite social media sites, was forced to retract a promise to delete posts with gay themes. In May, two women wearing rainbow badges to show support for a gay rights event were beaten up in Beijing.

in which concert comes at a moment when Western pop stars are seeking out audiences in China. Early in which year, Jessie J participated in a televised Chinese reality singing contest for unknown amateurs similar to the Voice, in addition to won. In 2017, Luis Fonzi released a Mandarin type of “Despacito” with the Singaporean pop star J J Lin, while Charli XCX released a remix of her single “Boys” with the Chinese producer Howie Lee, which featured her singing in Mandarin.

Some Chinese social media users wondered if Western pop stars would likely still want to tour inside country given what had happened in Ms. Lipa’s concert.

“I would likely love to come back for my fans when the time can be right in addition to hopefully see a room full of rainbows,” Ms. Lipa wrote in her Twitter statement.

“My heart aches for Dua,” Mr. Zhang, the concertgoer, wrote on social media. “I feel even worse for audience members who were violated.”