Justin Bieber is a singing sensation in just about every country he’s visited, but China is focusing less on his fame and more on his actions. When one Chinese fan wrote to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and inquired why no venues had been set up for the Asian leg of his Purpose World Tour, they responded with this:
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. 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.”
The Bureau is likely referring to his DUI arrest in Miami three years ago while cruising in a Lamborghini. As for the “previous performance in China” part, that’s most likely a reference to his 2013 Believe tour when eyebrows were raised when he forced his bodyguards to carry him up the Great Wall of China.
It wasn’t all ill feelings for Bieber, though. The Bureau continued, “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favor.” Did you catch that? “As he grows up.” Even at 23 years old, China still doesn’t recognize Bieber as a mature adult.
Justin isn’t the only pop singer to be barred from entering China, though. Rapper Jay-Z was banned in 2006 due to a large amount of expletives in his lyrics, while Bob Dylan was banned in 2010 (but was allowed in the following year with a pre-approved list of music).