Justin Bieber banned for ‘bad behaviour’ in China
(Web Desk) – Chinese authorities have announced that pop sensation Justin Bieber will not be allowed to perform in the country owing to his ‘bad behaviour’.
The decision has been taken in what is being termed as a measure to ‘purify China’s performing arts’.
While the Canadian pop idol is all set to hit Asia as part of his world tour with shows scheduled in countries including Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong, ‘Beliebers’ in China will not be lucky enough to witness their star perform in their country.
According to The Guardian, in a statement posted on its website this week, Beijing’s culture bureau explained that the artist was unsuitable for their local audience. “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” said the bureau in its response to a fan’s demand for a “detailed explanation” about the former teen star’s absence from Chinese stages. “As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviours, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public.”
The bureau added that in order to ‘purify’ China’s performing arts it had decided the singer’s exclusion was appropriate. In 2013, during his performance in China as part of his Believe tour he was pictured being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards.
Justin Bieber being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards. (Photo: CNN)
However, the bureau went on to add: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favour.”
Bieber is not the only foreign artist who has been banned in the republic. Those who have found themselves shut out of China were largely banned for political reasons.
In 2015, Los Angeles band Maroon5 were forced to scrap shows in China after the group’s keyboard player sent birthday wishes to the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. In 2009 Oasis were barred after guitarist Noel Gallagher performed at a Free Tibet concert in New York.
Lady Gaga has been banned twice from the nation, according to a report by The Telegraph with her music being blacklisted in 2011 for its “vulgar lyrics”. The ban was lifted in 2014 but was reinstated less than two years later after she met the Dalai Lama.