The authorities in China have banned Justin Bieber from performing in country. The Justin Bieber ban is as a result of what Beijing authorities have classified as “bad behavior”.
Bieber had earlierangered many Chinese in 2014 by visiting a controversial Japanese war shrine. The statement came after Chinese fans posted comments on the agency’s website demanding to know when he would be allowed to perform in China again.
The singer recently helped hit single “Despacito”, originally released by Luis Fonsi in January before Bieber came out with a remix two months later, achieve 4.6 billion streams, according to the Universal Music Group.
The 23-year-old singer is currently on his third world tour, with Asian dates in Japan, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.
The Beijing cultural bureau did not specifically mention Bieber’s 2014 visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which honours millions of mostly Japanese war dead, including convicted World War II war criminals.
The shrine is seen across Asia as a symbol of Japan’s perceived lack of penitence for its past imperialist aggression, under which China, in particular, suffered heavily.
Shortly after his trip, the singer behind the hit song “Sorry” issued an apology to scandalized Chinese fans, saying he was “mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer”.
Fan Jiayi, a jewellery designer in Shanghai, told AFP she supported the authorities’ stance, saying: “I do not think the government would reject him unless there was a big problem.”
Bieber is due to perform in Hong Kong in September as part of his “Purpose Tour”. Big-name Western acts have in the past been banned from performing in mainland China over political gestures
China has blacklisted musicians reportedly due to their meeting up and tweeting about exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, but not for “bad behavior.” Those allegedly blacklisted include Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Linkin Park and Bjork.
Maroon 5 cancelled a concert in 2015 after authorities refused permission because a band member had met the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing views as a separatist threat.
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Later the same year American rock group Bon Jovi who have included imagery of the Dalai Lama in a show abruptly scrapped two dates in Beijing and Shanghai.
Chinese officials have been especially sensitive about live concerts since Icelandic singer Bjork chanted “Tibet! Tibet!” during a performance of her song “Declare Independence” in Shanghai in 2008.