There’s a reason why Justin Bieber’s never-ending “Purpose World Tour” isn’t stopping through China and Chinese Beliebers won’t be thrilled to find out why. According to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, Justin has been banned from the country due to public “discontent” from his previous domestic and international “bad behaviors.”
The Bureau’s statement was released in response to a fan’s request for a “detailed explanation” about why Justin’s tour excludes China. Officials sympathized with the fan, but promptly explained that, while “gifted,” Justin is a “controversial young foreign idol” who showed he was incapable of conducting himself in a respectful manner during his last visit in 2013.
When Justin last visited China, photos of him being carried to the Great Wall by his bodyguards circulated the internet. This incident wasn’t directly cited in the Bureau’s explanation, but it likely falls with one of the several other “bad behaviors.”
“His inappropriate manner has caused public discontent,” the statement explains. “In order to regulate the market order of show business in China and purify the market environment, it was decided that performers of inappropriate behavior will not be welcomed.”
The “Sorry” singer joins a mounting list of blacklisted musicians deemed hostile foreign forces in the eyes of Chinese officials. Most of those, however, were cited for political statements rather than bad behavior. For example, Lady Gaga was recently added to the list after meeting with the Dalai Lama. Her music was removed from online stores and she is forbidden from appearing on Chinese television and radio.
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