Justin Beiber has reportedly been banned from performing in Beijing due to “bad behavior”
NY Daily News reported: You better belieb it — China’s capital has banned Justin Bieber from performing this fall, citing the “bad behavior” of the “controversial young foreign singer.”
Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture declined to say what, specifically, made Bieber an enemy of the People’s Republic, but he may have offended Chinese officials with two acts: clowning around at the Great Wall in 2013 and posing at a shrine honoring Imperial Japanese war criminals a year later.
“His series of misbehaviors while living abroad and during his performances in China has caused public resentment,” the Bureau said on its website, as translated by CNN, in response to a Bieber fan’s complaint — on the Beijing version of New York’s 311 civic help line. “To regulate the domestic entertainment market and purify its environment, we find it inappropriate to bring in performers with bad behaviors.”
It is unclear whether Bieber, who brings his “Purpose” tour to Asia in September, was even slated to perform in Beijing. The Canadian singer’s website currently only lists performances in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia.
The singer, 23, is not considered a particularly polarizing figure in America — he doesn’t get political or sing about hot-button social issues — but Chinese authorities have different standards for controversy.
In 2013, Bieber apparently treated the Great Wall like a kid’s playground, getting carried around on his bodyguards’ shoulders. In a personal social media post, one Chinese journalist even mocked the singer as a spoiled child still in his diapers. That same year, Bieber performed without a shirt during a concert in Beijing.