Apparently, Chinese authorities are no longer among the Beliebers, explaining that the Candian pop icon has been banned from performing in the mainland due to his history of “bad behavior.”
Later this year, Justin Bieber is set to travel around Asia as part of his Purpose World Tour, which includes a stop in Hong Kong, but none in mainland China. One fan of the Biebs recently wrote in to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, asking for a “detailed explanation” about why exactly that was, noting that Bieber is an award-winning singer of “extraordinary” talents.
In a one-paragraph response published on its official website, the culture ministry said that while Bieber may be talented, he is also a “controversial young foreign singer” whose “bad behavior,” both in his social life and during previous performances in China, has caused “public discontent.” The ministry explained that in order to “purify” China’s artistic landscape, an artist like Bieber must not be allowed to perform in the country.
However, the statement concludes by hoping that someday in the future Bieber will reform his behavior and become truly beloved by the public. Presumably, only then will he be allowed back in the mainland.
It’s not clear what misdemeanors resulted in Bieber being banned from China (though there are certainly quite a few to choose from over the years). He last toured China in 2013, playing shows in Shanghai, Beijing and Dalian, and infamously having his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall.
The following year, Bieber paid a visit to Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine, offending millions of his Chinese and South Korean fans and forcing him to issue an apology.
“While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan,” he wrote on Twitter.
Bieber joins a long list of Western performers who are no longer welcome in mainland China — though these types of bans typically result from meetings with the Dalai Lama rather than drunken drag racing.
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