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Justin Bieber Barred From Performing In China

| by Michael Doherty
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Pop singer Justin Bieber may not be welcome in China, according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture.

A fan of Bieber's in China wrote in to the bureau to ask why the pop star hasn't appeared in China in a number of years, even though he had tour dates in other parts of Asia including Japan and Hong Kong, reports The Telegraph.

"Please give a detailed explanation of why Justin Bieber is not allowed to come to China," wrote the fan, according to Variety. "[He has won many major awards, which demonstrates his extraordinary talents. Why aren't mainland fans given the right to enjoy his performance?"

The bureau wrote back in a statement that Bieber was not coming to the country because of his "bad behavior."

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"We sympathize with your feelings," the statement said. "Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. We understand that there are records of his bad behavior, whether it is in his private life abroad or on stage."

"His inappropriate manner has caused public discontent," said the bureau. "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."

"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," the bureau added.

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The 23-year-old singer has previously been arrested for allegedly driving drunk, as well as getting in trouble for an incident where he reportedly peed into a janitor's bucket and yelled "F*** Bill Clinton" at a picture of the former president.

He also sparked controversy in China after he was spotted being carried by his bodyguards up the Great Wall of China, which some in the country saw as disrespectful.

A video also showed Bieber skateboarding in Beijing as his guards and other staff followed.

Bieber isn't the first celebrity to be banned from the country. Rock band Placebo found themselves with a lifetime ban from performing in China after they posted a picture of the spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is considered a separatist by the Chinese government.

Singer Bjork was also banned for calling for Tibetan independence during a performance.

Oasis was reportedly banned for being "unsuitable" for the Chinese market, and Lady Gaga has been banned twice from performing in the country.

Gaga's music was first blacklisted for "vulgar lyrics" in 2011, but the ban was lifted in 2014. She was later banned again after meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Sources: The Telegraph, Variety / Photo credit: Joe Bielawa/Wikimedia Commons, Christopher Michael/Wikimedia Commons, Lou Stejskal/Wikimedia Commons

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