China bans Justin Bieber for “bad behavior.”
The Biebs concert is now a no-go in the People’s Republic of China
The Chinese Ministry of Culture (MOC) has just banned The Biebs from performing on the mainland. Citing “bad behavior” and “disorderly conduct”, Beijing’s overlords have essentially censured the pop superstar. The decision from China’s top dogs has dramatically clipped the singer’s Purpose World Tour, which will play shows in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong later this year, but will now have to nix performances on the communist mainland.
Responding to a fan’s request for a “detailed explanation” of the Chinese authorities’ edict, Beijing’s culture department described Biebs as a “gifted singer, but also a controversial young foreign singer,” adding “as far as we’re concerned he has engaged in a series of bad behaviors, which caused discontent and social disturbances among the public.”
No specific transgressions were mentioned, though the bureau did say that the decision dovetails with “an effort to ‘purify’ China’s performing arts and media scene.” Beijing’s bigwigs did, however, leave the door open for a kind of ‘re-consideration’, putting it in the most breviloquent terms possible: “We hope Justin Bieber is able to improve his conduct as he grows up and will once again find public favor.”
While it’s easy to shrug off China’s self-aggrandizing censors as petty and pointless, it is worth considering the rather worrying Orwellian ethos crystallizing in the Middle Kingdom. Using terms like “purification”, “foreign rabble-rousers” and “morally decadent artists,” the authorities — in their draconian ‘doublethink’ and autocratic overtones — are making artistic expression increasingly difficult for foreign and Chinese performers alike.
The CCP is constantly tightening its grip on creative endeavors that do not have the party’s welfare in mind. Since taking office in 2012 Xi Jinping, China’s big commie kahuna, has tried to tap into ‘nationalistic’ sentiments by speaking of a “Chinese dream” and the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” The arts play a central role here, and the Ministry of Culture is trying hard to shape the creative landscape by curtailing “influences from abroad.”
In an oddball and ideological speech recently, President Xi called on artists to promote socialism rather than be “slaves” to the market or chase popularity with “vulgarities.” China’s media regulator said “artists, film-makers, musicians and television personalities should spend time in rural areas to form a correct view of art.” Weird.
“China is so weird.”
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