Justin Bieber has managed to cause controversy in yet another country on his Believe world tour. This time it’s Mexico, as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter to deny a statement Bieber made about him. The singer tweeted yesterday that he “met some amazing mexican beliebers and the president of mexico and his familia.” However, Nieto’s office tweeted back that they had never met.
Sources close to the singer told TMZ that it was an honest mistake because Bieber was informed that he was meeting the President’s family. However, this is hardly the first time that he has managed to get an entire country up in arms. Check out seven foreign countries that the controversial star has angered.
Bieber angered fans in the large Southeast Asian country with a population of 240 million people, referring to it last year as “some random country” while promoting his Believe album. Although his manager, Scooter Braun, interjected by saying one of the album’s tracks was recorded in Indonesia, the singer kept going and declared “they didn’t know what they were doing.”
When fans threw Argentina’s flag on the stage during Bieber’s show in Buenos Aires 10 days ago, he responded by brushing it away with his shows an a mic stand. The singer claims he thought the item was a shirt and would never insult a national flag, but angry protesters have taken to Twitter and demanded that Bieber be banned from the country.
The singer was charged with vandalism and required to pay a fine after spray painting a building with graffiti in Rio de Janeiro. Bieber’s handlers were also reportedly aggressive with photographer and fans trying to snap a picture of his artwork. Sources close to the singer said he was told by onlookers that it was legal to tag the Brazilian building. He also walked off the stage in Sao Paulo after being hit by a water bottle.
Justin Bieber brought his pet monkey named Mally into the country without any health certificates or paperwork, meaning that the animal was immediately quarantined by German officials. The baby monkey was transported to an animal shelter in Munich, but he never went back to pick up the animal.
5. United Kingdom
Don’t insult the royal family. Bieber learned that the hard way when he made a crack about Prince William’s thinning hair line. “There are things to prevent that nowadays like Propecia,” he said. “I don’t know why he doesn’t just get those things, those products. You just take Propecia and your hair grows back. Have you not got it over here?” A British journalist summed up the nation’s feelings by declaring that Bieber “needs to be swatted away.” Last March, he also attacked a London photographer outside of his hotel room.
Even in his home country, Bieber still manages to upset people. He offended Canadian Aboriginals with his Rolling stone interview last year, in which he discussed his nationalist. “I’m actually part Indian. I think Inuit or something?” he said. “I’m enough percent that in Canada, I can get free gas.” The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples denied that any of them are entitled to free handouts in any form.
The Asian country threatened to ban Bieber after what they deemed to be insults against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. When Pacquiao was knocked out in a losing fights last year, the singer tweeted an image of the boxer fallen in the ring and being nudged by the Lion King’s Simba, with the caption “Dad wake up.” The Phillippine Congress demanded an apology for the “distasteful comments” or he would be “declared persona non grata.”