- Title: 'Not appropriate' for Justin Bieber to tour China because of 'bad behaviour'
- Date: 21st July 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JULY 21, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC ON STREET PEDESTRIANS CROSSING ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 14-YEAR-OLD MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT, LI HAIYANG, SAYING: "This is the opinion of the Beijing government. I don't have any issues with that. They haven't banned him from entering the country. The (reason) Beijing doesn't want him to perform here is because our relationship with Japan isn't good at all, and due to Abe's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine. So not allowing him to perform here I think this is quite normal, and they haven't banned him from entering the country at all." PEDESTRIANS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 18-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN BIEBER FAN AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, ZUO FU, SAYING: "Actually I think this is a little too much. Because as a singer, he's a normal person, and he has his own freedom to go where he wants to go. If the country's cultural bureau ban him from visiting China then I would feel a bit hurt, as I wouldn't be able to see him or listen to any of his songs." PEOPLE RIDING BIKES (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 19 YEAR-OLD JUSTIN BIEBER FAN AND COLLEGE STUDENT REN YANLING, SAYING: "I think as a celebrity, he needs to pay attention to his actions. If he pays a visit to the Yasukuni shrine I would definitely not support that! Actually he has a lot of really good songs and I really like them, but his ticket prices are too high, and if he doesn't come to China to perform then it makes no difference to me!" PEDESTRIANS CROSSING STREET
- Embargoed: 4th August 2017 12:21
- Keywords: Justin Bieber bad behaviour tour Beijing government music concert
- Location: BEIJING, SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Celebrities,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA0046QNTQ31
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- Story Text: It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behaviour and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer "truly loved" by the public, a Chinese state office has said on Tuesday (July 18).
Bieber's lifestyle overseas and his "words and actions" when he last performed in China had generated "public dissatisfaction", Beijing's Municipal Bureau of Culture said in an online statement on its website, responding to a question from a fan asking why Bieber was not being allowed to tour in China. The decision has sparked mixed reactions from Beijing residents, some upset, others thinking it is fair to say he needs to pay attention to his actions.
The 23-year-old's Canadian singer performed in China in 2013 when media coverage centred on him stripping on stage in Beijing to reveal his bare torso, being carried up the steps of the Great Wall of China, and riding a segway, again shirtless, through the streets.
It is unclear whether the comments, which were carried on an official government website, constituted a ban, or if the singer had sought to tour China. Bieber has become notorious for a string of indiscretions and scandals in recent years, including a social media post on 2014 showing him visiting Japan's controversial Yasukuni war shrine although the image was removed shortly after.
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