Why was Justin Bieber banned from performing in China?

NEWS | His run-ins with the law in 2014 might have something to do it

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Barred. No Dice. Anyway you say it, China has a Bieber Ban.

Justin Bieber has just been banned from playing his music in the Republic of China. It's too late now to apologize. Bieber is going to Asia for the heaviest protion of his Purpose World Tour, but no venues in mainland China have been booked.

One fan wrote to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture, inquiring why an artist of such "extraordinary" talent was not allowed to perform in their country.

The Bureau responded to the query on its official website, saying: "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 behaviours, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public," it added.

"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," the statement read. "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."

Justin Bieber's arrest in 2014 may have influenced the blacklisting his performances in China. (Wikimedia Commons)

The singer has upset other countries in Asia. Many people got upset on social media after he posted a picture of himself touring Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, commemorating those who died while serving the Empire of Japan. The shrine is a subject of controversy because it lists the names of over 1,000 war criminals.

Bieber is not the only performer to be banned from China. His now part of a club that includes Lady Gaga and Oasis , both acts that were barred from playing in the country.

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Dan Victor is editor in chief of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.


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