Bieber Bumbles Into China Insult
He posts photo of himself at controversial Japanese shrine, apologizes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2014 5:37 PM CDT
Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

(Newser) – Justin Bieber is getting a crash course in international relations this week after inadvertently alienating about a billion fans, reports MarketWatch. The number isn't that much of an exaggeration: While in Tokyo, Bieber committed what many in China to be a grave offense by visiting the controversial Yasukini shrine. The shrine honors Japan's war dead from World War II, but it also contains the remains of former military leaders who committed mass atrocities against China.

Bieber posted a photo of himself at the shrine to Instagram, where it drew 660,000 likes, but he pulled it when the complaints from Chinese fans started pouring in, reports Time. Then came a Bieber apology. “While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine,” he wrote, explaining he thought it was merely a place to pray. "To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.” The Hollywood Reporter rounds up some angry responses from Chinese followers, including one who writes, "Maybe you are a giant in Japan and thats the reason why you like Japan. Anyway, please dont come to China forever, we really dont like stupid people." (Last year, Bieber got flak for suggesting that Anne Frank would have been a Belieber.)

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libproud
Apr 24, 2014 8:59 PM CDT
Beiber,Hilton,Palin,and crap like "Access Hollywood",that reports on the latest antics from overpaid,no talent shitheads, are a canary in the coal mine notice to the general public,or it should be.I mean since Saint Ronnie,this society has sunk to a lower level....The serfs seem to like it!!!!!!.....Yuck!!!!!!!
libproud
Apr 24, 2014 8:35 PM CDT
Why, oh why, is this teen idol relevant in 2014???? Must be something in the water.You stoooooopid assed "murca", elevated this lunkhead to "star" status,and oh yeah,you did the same thing w/ that no talent bimbo Paris Hilton and several other no talent jerks.Madonna comes to mind.Look in the mirror John Q Public.I personally LMFAO!!!!! Rome burns,while the "God Fearin Public" that loves guns,Boomers mostly,seems to forget that in 1968 you had more chord structure,and vocal ability in a band like the lowly Cowsills than you have now.This shithead Beiber,has gone way over his corpo generated fifteen minutes of fame.And to think that back in 1967,without recording studio gimmicks,digital mostly,Vanilla Fudge did the classic remake of "Keep me Hanging On" on the first take.....Jimmy Fallon sure knows that!!!!!!!!!!! Youtube works well.....just sayin....I just love the Jimmy Fallon sense of good music.I watched the "fudge" in 2011 do live their classic song on his show.I did notice that a lot of "twenty somethings" in the audience,just went GA GA over this performance.
Moooperator
Apr 24, 2014 12:28 PM CDT
Maybe if us old folks (Over 19) act like we love Bieber then his fans will stop buying his crap. We've already ruined facebook for the youngsters.