Bad news for Chinese Beliebers. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been blocked from touring mainland China. Officials have added his name to a blacklist of Western musicians who don't pass the Beijing character test. Justin Bieber is joining the ranks of artists like Bjork, Elton John, Maroon 5, and Lady Gaga.
All banned by the Chinese government. In some cases, artists have been blocked for politically sensitive reasons. For example, meeting the Dalai Lama. For the Beibs, though, it seems he just doesn't project the sort of image that Beijing likes. Beijing's Bureau of Culture has posted a notice saying Bieber's lifestyle and behavior have sparked public dissatisfaction.
Leaving the government no choice but to quote, cleanse the environment of the performing market. It's not clear what behavior they mean, but on his last visit Bieber appeared shirtless on stage. And pictures surfaced of his bodyguards carrying him up the Great Wall. Stay Media saying, he looked like an emperor on a tour.
On top of that, a year later in Japan, he posted a photo posing in front of the Yasukuni Shrine. Several Asian countries, including China, find the shrine highly offensive. As it honors those who died fighting for Japan, including World War II era war criminals. On the Culture Bureau's website, one angry fan demanded to know why China has been denied it's Bieber fix.
The bureau's response was vague to say the least. Officials simply saying, we hope Justin Bieber continues to perfect his words and deeds as he grows and become a truly beloved singer by the public.