Even though he has a history of run-ins with the law, Justin Bieber has kept a fairly low profile these last few years; he’s arguably been on his best behavior. But it seems that China just can’t let his history of bad behavior slide. Recently, China’s Culture Bureau has seen fit to ban Bieber from China entirely.
The Culture Bureau released a statement on Friday that detailed its reasons for permanently banning the Canadian pop star from the country. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s review of the decision, the Culture Bureau’s statement is as follows: “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign idol,” the response began. It was posted on the Chinese government’s website in response to one Chinese fan’s inquiry about why Bieber did not have any Chinese tour dates listed. “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 Culture Bureau did not clarify what particular behavior was cause for Bieber’s ban. Bieber himself has not released a statement at this time, and it is unknown if he is even aware that he is banned from the country. There is a good chance that previous run-ins with the law, including the protracted legal issues around bringing his pet monkey into Germany or, as The Guardian notes, his drunken drag racing, were determining factors in the ban.
Bieber is certainly not the first celebrity to be banned from China permanently, so it’s not exactly a surprise that the Chinese government would do this to a celebrity. Then again, a celebrity getting banned is always a big deal. Other celebs that China has banned include Bob Dylan, Maroon 5 and Oasis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Culture Bureau did offer one glimmer of hope for Bieber, in case he did ever want to return to China: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favour.” Did you hear that, Biebs?