Another day, another country Justin Bieber is banned from.
ICYMI, the 24-year-old singer is currently banned from China for “bad behaviour.”
According to the Beijing culture bureau’s website statement “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer.” (Which, come on Beijing, let’s avoid repetition in one sentence.)
“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 statement explains. It seemed like they needed to take these drastic measures because it’s important to “purify” the country’s performing arts.
However, China isn’t the only place he’s being shunned from this week. Newsweek reported that Malaysia has pulled the summer’s hottest track, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber), from state-run television and radio stations because of complaints that the lyrics were too sexual, which goes against the country’s Islamic practices. Yikes. Tough week for the Biebs.
But it looks like some countries don’t hold onto a grudge for too long. He was once threatened to be banned from the Philippines back in 2012 when he made insensitive memes of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Instagram when the boxer got knocked out during one match. However, seeing that the Canadian idol is set to perform in Manila (a first in six years!) during his Purpose Asia world tour, it looks like things have been resolved. So to the fans in China reading this right now. Don’t lose faith. If Bieber cleans up his act ASAP, the country might invite the pop star back into its borders soon. China, obviously, is a huge market, so it should provide a good incentive for the young star.
However, if you’re getting tired of his bad boy behaviour we don’t blame you. If you’re no longer a Bielieber and can live without listening to one of his tracks, here are five places you can go if you don’t ever want to hear Justin Bieber again.
As he gears up for his Asia tour, Chinese fan unfortunately will have to travel outside the country to see the singer perform on stage. Beijing’s culture bureau has recently posted a statement on its website explaining that his past misdemeanours meant the artist was unsuitable for Chinese ears.
Although it’s the number one most streamed song in history, there is one country where the track will not be heard. According to Newsweek, Malaysia’s communications and multimedia minister Salleh Said Keruak told AFP that ‘Despacito’ “will not be aired by the government-owned broadcast stations because we received public complaints. The lyrics are not suitable to be heard.” But hey, if you can’t listen to ‘Desapcito,’ here are nine other summer feel-good songs that are perfect for summer.
Ever wonder why Bieber never scheduled to stop in Argentina during his Purpose Latin America tour? Well, back in 2016, an Argentinian judge indicted the Canadian singer for allegedly beating up a photographer and stealing his money and equipment in Buenos Aires in 2013. According to TMZ, there’s a warrant for his arrest (his bodyguards included), which means if Bieber ever lands in the country, he would risk being thrown into jail.
In 2013, The Langham Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand once asked the Canadian singer to sign a contract to behave appropriately during his stay unless he risk being shunned out. According to Daily Mail, Bieber (who was 19 at the time) disrespected the property and brought girls back to his £1,000-a-night suite where he trashed the place and disrupted other guests in the hotel. Smh.
Apparently the singer is banned from several Middle Eastern countries due to him being a devout Christian. Many officials have banned his music, afraid it would influence its citizens. When his Purpose album was released, it wasn’t allowed to be sold in many Middle Eastern nations because the singer was not only photographed with a bare chest for the album cover (showing skin is frowned upon), but his cross tattoo was visible on his chest.
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