So have you seen the latest Bieber news? The New York Times reported the Canadian boy has been ‘banned’ from performing in China. The reason? His ‘bad behaviour.’
In a statement released earlier this week on its website, the Beijing Muncipal Bureau of Culture wrote,
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer … As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.
“In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers,” the statement continued. “We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public.”
According to The New York Times article, the Bureau doesn’t have a clear plan on how to enforce the ban.
Now I know we all love the Biebs, but while the specifics are hazy, China’s motivations are clear. Bieber has caused many controvercies in the country in the recent years.
Back in 2013, photographs surfaced of Justin’s bodyguard carrying him up the Great Wall of China. While on that same trip, as part of his 2012 world tour, he caused a fan commotion by skateboarding outside a Beijiing mall.
The following year didn’t far well with the 23-year-old. After visiting didn’t exactly make a great impression on the Chinese government.
During this trip, Bieber visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Toyko. After posting a series of photos onto his Instagram, he was met with disdain from the Chinese government over the disrespect that the shrine holds with the Chinese culture.
Then-Foreign Ministry of China Quin Gang was not happy, stating, “I hope this singer can learn more about the history of Japanese militarism and the wrongful historical and militaristic views promoted by the shrine after his visit.”
And okay you may be thinking what’s the big idea? The Shrine pays tribute to about 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. It also operates a war museum that defends and honours Japan’s wartime aggression. Because of this, China and South Korea view this shrine as a symbol for the lack of Japanese remorse for its past militarism.
Yikes, big mistake.
Bieber is currently still on tour, gearing up for his fourth leg of his Purpose tour. The tour is concluding with a series of shows in Asia including Tokyo and Hong Kong.
But of course Justin isn’t the first to be blacklisted by China for political concerns. Last year, the country banned Lady Gaga after meeting with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, to discuss yoga. Other artists include Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Oasis for speaking out in favour of Tibetan independence.
Biebs, clean up your act! You are ultimately letting down the fans, and that’s not fair. Let’s end this immaturity streak, do it for the fans.