I think it’s gonna be a long, long time—before Elton John is invited back to China. The pop star shocked his Beijing audience Sunday when he dedicated his show to “the spirit and talent” of Chinese dissident (and “Gangnam Style” parodist) Ai Weiwei. John met with Ai—who was detained for three months last year—before his Sunday show. “I super like him,” said Ai of the outspoken pianist on his Twitter feed, which is banned in China. Chinese online media that covered the concert declined to mention John’s dedication.
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