Being famous comes with a lot of benefits, including opportunities to travel all around the world, but it also means that there’s a higher level of scrutiny surrounding a celebrity’s behavior or political stance—and some countries are not having it.
According to Time, Biebs allegedly assaulted a photographer in Argentina and disrespected the country’s flag during a concert. He’s also banned from China for being a “badly behaved entertainer.”
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing’s Culture Bureau.
In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in “bad behavior.”
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” it added.
The Chinese government, which is not in the habit of divulging the logic of its edicts, didn’t elaborate on the “bad behavior” that got Bieber blacklisted, but one can imagine that his past visits to Asia may have had something to do with it.
It’s unlikely, for instance, that being carried up the Great Wall by bodyguards, as the pop star did on a tour in 2013, won him plaudits from Beijing officials. Even worse was Bieber’s infamous 2014 visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the war dead, including those who inflicted atrocities upon Chinese and Korean civilians before and during the Second World War.
Bieber, who seemed to have stumbled upon the shrine by chance, posted photos of his visit to Instagram with the same thoughtless self-assurance that led him to muse, on a visit to the Anne Frank House, the following year, that he hoped the teen-age Holocaust victim “would have been a belieber.” Apparently, the Biebs is slow to learn a lesson.
According to a Chinese entertainment website, the concert dates were cancelled because of a two year old photo of Gomez and the Dalai Lama. The spiritual Tibetan leader fled to India in exile after a failed uprising against the Chinese government in 1959.
In 2012, Gomez posted a picture of her meeting the religious leader during a We Day (youth empowerment event) in Toronto.