China is creating a safe space for music lovers this week – by banning Justin Bieber! Yes, the Biebs is not welcome in China anymore. The Canadian singer is passing through Asia this year on his Purpose World Tour, including stops in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, but China has said, “Sorry”, to the Canadian singer performing there. Now before you start packing up to move there, let me warn you that the ban may only be temporary.
The news came about after a Chinese Belieber contacted the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture seeking answers to the absence of her beloved idol. The bureaucrats at the office responded with a statement. (Strangely though, it didn’t involve the need to safeguard the nation’s supply of hair product.)
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public. In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers. We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public.”
So to translate the bureaucracy-speak, he was banned for being and acting like Justin Bieber. But they seem to leave some leeway to eventually let him return if he matures and cleans up his ways. So he might not be visiting China for a while yet.
He already had quite the history of bad Bieber-like activity outside China- DUI, drag racing, fighting with the paparazzi, his music, etc. And his actions didn’t improve much during past visits to the world’s largest Communist nation.
Bieber caused quite a stir with Chinese officials in his last go-around there in 2013. He was publicized skateboarding through Beijing while being chased by his bodyguards and posse. He also was too lazy to climb the Great Wall of China and had his bodyguards carry his majesty, Emperor Biebs, up instead. And just in general, he was a nuisance. While his actions may have made teeny-boppers swoon, the Communist Party leadership wasn’t thrilled. They considered him a poor influence and chucked him onto their list of the unsuitable, along with others such as Oasis and Lady Gaga.
Most of the other unsuitable musical acts have run afoul of Beijing with their support of Tibetan independence – the touchiest of subjects in China. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber seems to be banned for just being himself. Say what you will about him, but that’s pretty impressive.