Storm of protest after Chinese woman is banned from metro by her “terrible” makeup. The woman is from the city of Guangzhou and was stopped in a subway station because her makeup might shock other travelers. She was only allowed to take the metro if she disguised herself.
According to Chinese media, a woman from the city of Guangzhou was stopped in a subway station because her makeup might shock other travelers. She was only allowed to take the metro if she disguised herself. The incident provoked a lot of criticism from the ‘gothic’ community in China and hundreds of women shared a selfie on social media on which they show off their striking makeup.
The woman, who remains anonymous, was stopped on 10 March by the security staff at a subway station in Guangzhou. At that moment she was wearing dark lipstick and eye shadow. The heavy make-up was a thorn in the eye of the manager of the metro station, who said it looked “terrible”. If the woman wanted to continue traveling on the metro, she would have to remove all her makeup, it sounded.
The woman then described her experience in a message on Weibo, the most popular social network in China. “As a Chinese citizen, I hope to use this public platform to cope with the authorities: which law gives you the right to stop me and waste my time?”
With her message, she adds photos of her made-up eyes and lips. It is not clear whether she has effectively removed her makeup to continue traveling.
The woman says to dress like ‘gothic lolita’, a subculture that emphasizes black clothes and dark makeup. Other supporters of the community soon protested in Weibo and shared selfies in which they themselves show their makeup.
“Sorry, people from Guangzhou, sometimes I go outside like that,” a user writes with one of the photos.
“I am not a murderer, I am not a founder, I do not smoke or spit in public, I just love gothic clothing,” says another. So far, more than five thousand people have responded, hundreds of whom shared their own selfie, reports The Guardian.
The metro station has since apologized to the public. One staff member was temporarily suspended as a result of the incident.