REVISITING BIEBER’S ANTICS
Justin Bieber, who is equally famous for his music and offstage antics, has been banned from performing in China
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!
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.
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