Ar­gen­tines lash out fol­low­ing Bieber’s treat­ment of state flag

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - BY MICHAEL WARREN

BUENOS AIRES, AR­GENTINA Ar­gen­tines are out­raged by the lat­est scan­dal to emerge from Justin Bieber’s wild tour through Buenos Aires, say­ing the way he treated the Ar­gen­tine flag on stage shows he has no re­spect for his fans or the coun­try.

Videos from Satur­day night’s con­cert show how Mr. Bieber re­acted when fans tossed two Ar­gen­tine flags onto the stage.

Most mu­si­cians on world tours usu­ally hold up the flags in ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Not Mr. Bieber. The videos show him treat­ing the flags like dirty rags, us­ing his shoes and then a mi­cro­phone stand to sweep them off the stage.

Mr. Bieber’s man­ager Scooter Braun tweeted that Mr. Bieber will re­turn to Ar­gentina.

He might want to think carefully on that: In­sult­ing Ar­gentina’s flag is a crime pun­ish­able by up to four years in prison.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Videos show Justin Bieber, seen here in Philadel­phia, dis­re­spect­ing Ar­gen­tine flags dur­ing a con­cert in Buenos Aires, a crime pun­ish­able by up to four years in prison.

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