China has officially banned controversial Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber from the country in order to “purify the Chinese performance environment” according to the Telegraph.
Bieber has developed something of a bad name for himself after a few incidents caused the public to question his character, including an arrest for drunk driving in 2014. He also faced charges for vandalism in Brazil, peeing in a mop bucket before flipping the bird to a picture of Bill Clinton, being caught with marijuana, and being investigated for battery; all in 2013.
He reportedly also forced his bodyguards to carry him around the Great Wall of China on their shoulders, and skateboarded through the streets of Beijing while forcing his bodyguards to run to keep up with him.
A young female fan contacted the Chinese Municipal Bureau of Culture asking why Bieber, with all his musical accolades and talent, was not appearing in China.
The bureau wrote the girl back, and said that Bieber’s behavior is not fit as a role model for Chinese people, and that the government had banned Bieber until such a time as he’s cleaned up his act.
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” the bureau told the fan. “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.
“We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public,” the bureau said.
Bieber joins other artists banned from China such as Lady Gaga, who was banned after a meeting with the Dalai Lama, whom the Chinese government calls a “wolf in monk’s robes,” and a separatist attempting to divide China’s Himalayan region.
According to the Telegraph, the British band Oasis — creators of the song “Wonderwall” — is also banned from China after it was discovered that member Noel Gallagher took part in a “Free Tibet” benefit concert.