Justin Bieber has reportedly been banned in China due to the “bad behavior” he has exhibited in recent years.
Chinese authorities confirmed that the Canadian pop idol will not be allowed to perform in the People’s Republic through a response to a fan’s query published on its website, according to The Guardian.
Earlier this week, a netizen asked the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture: “Justin Bieber has won many awards and is very talented, why aren’t you letting his fans enjoy his performance?”
As a response, the agency published a statement on its website on Tuesday, saying, “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.”
Bieber has indeed been involved in a string of controversial behavior in recent years. Back in 2013 images of Bieber’s bodyguards carrying him up the Great Wall of China went viral online. He also caused a commotion when he went skateboarding outside a Beijing mall.
Bieber has also been involved in reckless driving, bar fights, and random public outbursts, generating a series of bad press.
As a result, Beliebers in mainland China will be missing the singer’s Purpose World Tour which will be heading Asia later this year. He will be performing in cities in India, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines.
Hinting that the ban is not permanent and may eventually be overturned, Beijing’s culture bureau added: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favor.”
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