Justin Bieber Now Banned From China in Order to 'Purify' the Nation
BEIJING (Reuters) - It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behavior and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer "truly loved" by the public, a Chinese state office has said.
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, without specifying what behavior had caused offense.
Given efforts to "purify" the performing arts environment in China, "it was not appropriate to bring in artists with bad behavior", the bureau said on its website, responding to a question from a fan asking why Bieber was not being allowed to tour.
"We hope Justin Bieber will continue to improve his behavior as part of his growth, and become a singer truly loved by the public," it said.
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's management company did not immediately respond to request for comment.