Justin Bieber banned from China over his 'bad behavior'


Young Beliebers of the world's most populous nation just got some devastating news: Justin Bieber has been banned from China.

Beijing's Culture Bureau posted a statement to its website Friday explaining that unspecified misdeeds on behalf of the 23-year-old Canadian pop star meant that he would no longer be welcome on Chinese stages.

"Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign idol," the bureau said while responding to a fan's request for a "detailed explanation" about the absence of China dates during Bieber's upcoming world tour.

"As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public."

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CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan and Kevin Na of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber looks on with Bubba Watson of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 08: Musician Justin Bieber attends a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Justin Bieber seen walking in SoHo on May 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - MAY 10: Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber performs for his purpose tour at D.Y. Patil Stadium, Nerul, on May 10, 2017 in Mumbai, India. Justin Bieber, a 23-year-old singer, was in India as part of the Asia leg of his Purpose World Tour. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 29: - Canadian singer Justin Bieber's performs on stage at Apoteose Sapucai Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 29, 2017. More than 30 thousand people attended the show. (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 29: - Canadian singer Justin Bieber's performs on stage at Apoteose Sapucai Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 29, 2017. More than 30 thousand people attended the show. (Photo by FABIO TEIXEIRA/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MARCH 15, 2017: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Singer Justin Bieber gets off the plane at Sydney Airport, ahead of his concert, in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Adam Taylor/Newspix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Justin Bieber is seen on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: songwriter Poo Bear, singer-songwriter Justin Beiber, and Ashley Boyd pose for portrait at Poo Bear GRAMMY Party at Serafina Sunset on February 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Entertainer Justin Bieber (6) on the ice during a Celebrity Shootout hockey game played before the All-Star Skills Competition held on January 28, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Entertainer Justin Bieber (6) on the ice with his celebrity teammates after a Celebrity Shootout hockey game played before the All-Star Skills Competition held on January 28, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Justin Bieber is seen in a store on December 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Michael King/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Justin Bieber performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2016 at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeart)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Justin Bieber performs during the 2016 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Justin Bieber performs at the NOW 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Justin Bieber at Tape night club on November 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
LISBON, POTRUGAL - NOVEMBER 26: Justin Bieber performs during his concert at the MEO Arena in Lisbon, Portugal on November 26, 2016. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOLOGNA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 19: Justin Bieber performs the concert of his 'The Purpose Tour' at Unipol Arena on November 19, 2016 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Redferns)
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Bieber is set to arrive in Asia later this year as part of his Purpose World Tour, with shows scheduled in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Since the tour was announced, Chinese fans have lamented the absences of dates in the Middle Kingdom.

The bureau didn't elaborate on exactly what "behavior" had rendered Bieber persona non grata in China, but during a past visit to the country he caused a social media firestorm when photos spread online showing him being carried up the Great Wall, young emperor-like, by his bodyguards. In 2014, Bieber was arrested for driving under the influence after he was caught drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini in Miami.

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Although the causes of his exclusion may be less high-minded, Bieber joins an impressive list of artists who have been barred from the stage in China. Bjork was banned way back in 2008 after calling for Tibetan independence during a concert in Shanghai. Maroon 5 and Oasis were hit with similar blocks for voicing support for the Dalai Lama, whom China views as a "dangerous separatist." And Bob Dylan was prevented from performing in 2010 over his past (very past) links to "counter culture," while Jay-Z was kep out in 2006 over the "profanity of his lyrics."

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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