RE­VIS­IT­ING BIEBER’S AN­TICS

Justin Bieber, who is equally fa­mous for his music and off­stage an­tics, has been banned from per­form­ing in China

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal

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 be­hav­iour, both in his so­cial life and dur­ing a pre­vi­ous act in China, which caused dis­con­tent among the pub­lic READ A STATE­MENT BY BEI­JING’S CUL­TURE BUREAU IN RE­PLY TO A QUERY ABOUT WHY BIEBER WASN’T AL­LOWED TO PER­FORM IN MAIN­LAND CHINA

No doubt, Cana­dian pop star Justin Bieber is a best-sell­ing artist with in­nu­mer­ous Beliebers (his fans are called that), but he’s also a con­tro­ver­sial artist who’s of­ten in the news for his bad be­hav­iour.

And that’s the rea­son why the singer of hit songs such as Sorry, Let Me Love You and Boyfriend, among oth­ers, has been banned from per­form­ing in China. The tem­po­rary ban came to light af­ter some­one posted a ques­tion on the Bei­jing Cul­ture Bureau’s web­site last weekend, ask­ing why Bieber wasn’t al­lowed to per­form in main­land China, as part of his Asia tour in Septem­ber.

“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 be­hav­iour, both in his so­cial life and dur­ing a pre­vi­ous act in China, which caused dis­con­tent among the pub­lic,” read a state­ment by Bei­jing’s Cul­ture Bureau.

Bieber’s be­havioural is­sues date back to 2012, when he was ac­cused of rash driv­ing in his home­town. He was then ac­cused of van­dal­ism dur­ing his con­cert in Brazil in 2013.

In July 2013, a video sur­faced on­line which showed the singer spit­ting on his fans from his ho­tel room bal­cony in Toronto. Bieber, how­ever, de­nied it. “Justin didn’t spit on any­one. No fans were be­low the bal­cony,” his rep said, adding, “Justin loves his fans. Ear­lier in the day, Justin bought his fans hot choco­late and played them some of his new music.”

In Jan­uary 2014, Bieber was ac­cused of “throw­ing eggs and dam­ag­ing prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars in Cal­i­for­nia. The lo­cal court or­dered the then 20-year-old to pay a fine worth 80,000 dol­lars and was also or­dered com­mu­nity ser­vice for five days. He was also sent on two years pro­ba­tion.

Two weeks later, Bieber was ar­rested in Mi­ami along with singer Khalil for driv­ing un­der in­flu­ence (DUI) and drag-rac­ing on a Mi­ami Beach Street. Po­lice said that Bieber had con­fessed to au­thor­i­ties that he had con­sumed al­co­hol, smoked mar­i­juana and taken prescription drugs.

In June 2014, a video sur­faced where Bieber was seen crack­ing a joke on African Amer­i­cans. The same month saw an­other video of him par­o­dy­ing his song, One Less Lonely Girl, as One Less Lonely Ni***r. He went on to say that he’d want to be a part of an ex­treme cult group, Ku Klux Klan, only to later apol­o­gise. In Septem­ber, the same year, he was ar­rested for as­sault and dan­ger­ous driv­ing in On­tario.

Bieber doesn’t share a great re­la­tion­ship with Latin coun­tries ei­ther. In June 2014, a lo­cal court in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, or­dered him to show up in court “within 60 days” to give his tes­ti­mony, af­ter he was ac­cused of hit­ting a pho­tog­ra­pher dur­ing his con­cert in 2013. Bieber didn’t show up, and an ar­rest war­rant was is­sued.

At the same gig, Bieber had left Ar­gen­tines fum­ing af­ter he kicked their Na­tional Flag and used his mic stand to wipe it off the stage. “I don’t like hav­ing to de­fend my­self but this time it was needed as I mean no dis­re­spect,” he later apol­o­gised. But guess what? Two years later, a fan posted a video of Bieber throw­ing out the Ar­gen­tinian Na­tional Flag out of his car in New York!

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

A video sur­faced on­line which showed the Cana­dian spit­ting on his fans from his ho­tel room bal­cony in Toronto Bieber was ac­cused of “throw­ing eggs” and dam­ag­ing prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars in Cal­i­for­nia JAN­UARY, 09, 2014

Bieber was ar­rested in Mi­ami along with singer Khalil for driv­ing un­der in­flu­ence and drag-rac­ing on a Mi­ami Beach Street JAN­UARY 23, 2014

JUNE 2014 A video sur­faced where Bieber was crack­ing a joke on African Amer­i­cans.

PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

Brick Lane in London, where the main­stream cul­ture is ridiculed, saw a poster of Bieber ask­ing peo­ple to paste their chewed out gums on it. APRIL 2016

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