China has banned Justin Bieber from performing there due to the pop star's “bad behavior” on and off stage, according to our affiliate WJLA.
“Justin Bieber is a talented singer but is also a controversial young foreign idol,” the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said in a statement explaining why it would not approve Bieber’s gigs, WJLA reported Friday.
“We understand that there are records of his bad behavior, whether it is in his private life abroad or on stage…” the bureau added. “His inappropriate manner has caused public discontent.”
“In order to regulate the market order of show business in China and purify the market environment, it was decided that performers [who display] inappropriate behavior will not be welcomed.”
A source at Shanghai’s cultural authority, meanwhile, told CNN that they would likely follow Beijing’s lead and not authorize Bieber’s concerts there.
Twitter users on Friday weighed in on the decision, with many poking fun at Bieber’s reported blacklisting.
It's odd that China banned Winnie the Pooh & Justin Bieber in the same week...but it's wild that Pooh got banned first— Ell 🌻 (@Ell819) July 21, 2017
Justin Bieber has been banned from China for his previous bad behaviour. I guess it's too late now to say sorry.— P.A.B.L.O (@pabloisyou) July 21, 2017
WJLA reported that Bieber is including several Asian countries in his Purpose World Tour later this year but will not visit China.
Bieber reportedly caused controversy during a 2013 stop in China after he was photographed getting carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards.
The Canadian singer was then arrested in Miami Beach, FL in 2014 for driving under the influence (DUI).
Bieber ultimately told authorities he consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and took prescription drugs before his arrest.
China has barred other musical acts from appearing there, including rock groups Maroon 5 and Oasis.
The aforementioned performers voiced support for Tibet’s independence from China, a sore subject with the Chinese government.