The Taylor Swift Tiananmen Square fake controversy, explained

On Tuesday, shortly after Taylor Swift revealed plans to sell new merchandise in China, people began noticing something uncomfortable about the Swift-themed clothing: much of it bore the initials "T.S." and the year 1989. Those are the artist's initials and the title of her most recent album, 1989. But T.S. could also stand for Tiananmen Square, and 1989 is the year of the infamous Tiananmen Square massacre of students and democracy activists.

China is known for heavily censoring even the...

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