Justin Bieber apparently banned from visiting China due to ‘bad behaviour’
Friday - 21/07/2017 10:29
HAS Justin Bieber just been banned from China?
Quite possibly, according to a bizarre statement from Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture.
China said it wasn’t appropriate for the Canadian pop star to visit because of his bad behaviour. The country’s cultural bureau said he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer “truly loved” by the public.
Bieber’s lifestyle overseas and his “words and actions” when he last performed in China had generated “public dissatisfaction”, Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture said, without specifying what behaviour had caused offence.
Given efforts to “purify” the performing arts environment in China, “it was not appropriate to bring in artists with bad behaviour”, the bureau said on its website, responding to a question from a fan asking why Bieber was not being allowed to tour.
“We hope Justin Bieber will continue to improve his behaviour as part of his growth, and become a singer truly loved by the public,” it said.
It is unclear whether the comments, which were carried on an official government website, constituted a ban, or if the singer had sought to tour China.
Bieber’s management company did not immediately respond to request for comment. Bieber performed in China in 2013 when media coverage centred on him stripping on stage in Beijing to reveal his bare torso, being carried up the steps of the Great Wall of China, and riding a segway, again shirtless, through the streets.
Chinese media reported in January that Bieber was set to return this year, but no Chinese dates have been announced.
He is due to perform in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore in September and October, according to his website. Several big name musicians have been blocked from performing in China, including Lady Gaga, Bjork and Bon Jovi, who have all met or expressed support for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.