Is China…. One of Bieber’s “babies”?
From his 2010 hit song, “Baby”, Bieber had amassed (by 2013) a 12x platinum rating with an amazing four million downloads/views (within the United States). While I couldn’t find any numbers for China, I can only assume that a portion of the population would also have been caught up in the “Bieber-craze” which is why the following excerpted lyrics from his song are appropriate…
“You know you love me, I know you care
Just shout whenever, and I’ll be there
You are my love, you are my heart
And we will never ever ever be apart”…
Until his alleged “accidental” worshiping at the Yasukuni Shrine, where he posed with a Shinto Priest, had a picture taken of him praying and paying respects to Japan’s fallen soldiers… and posted two of these pictures on instagram.
Bieber was immediately flooded with comments from China and Korea condemning his actions and demanding he apologize… in which case, Bieber “was like”…
“Baby, baby, baby oooh
Like baby, baby, baby nooo
Like baby, baby, baby oooh
I thought you’d always be mine”
…at least to China (his apology post forgot to mention Korea). He claimed he thought Shinto Shrines were only used for praying.
…and they are. This one just happens to be surrounded by controversy since 1985; six years after the enshrinement of 14 convicted Class A war criminals, and about a thousand or so Class B and C convicted war criminals that had been interred after Japan’s surrender.
While I disbelieve the story about Bieber’s “accidental” choice of Shrine, it did help get him back in the news… and any news (good or bad) is good for business… I hadn’t heard about him since his DUI arrest (I guess there was a faux pas with his recent visit to the Anne Frank house I missed… but as I watch Northeast Asia Affairs, it didn’t really make my selection of reading material). If you’ve ever gone to Yasukuni (and if you haven’t, I suggest you go to get a look for yourself at what the Shrine stands for…. Again, the Yushukan is a different story), you will notice the grand size of the place and the gates… plus on Sunday’s they have a huge flea market where you can find all sorts of antique goodies. And if he was even the slightest bit interested in the shrine (since he took time to pose with a priest—generally not available to the public), trip advisor or any other website would have given him the basic history of the locality…not to mention his translator or the rest of his entourage that was probably there.
Aside from this, the other interesting point is that on Monday (at the start of the Spring Festival at Yasukuni), around 150 law makers went to pray at the shrine and Prime Minister Abe also gave an offering to the Shrine. While these events made the news, there was nothing comparable to flood of media gushing forth from Bieber’s “accidental” visit. So, for me – it seems as just a way to get free publicity…and it worked well. Even I’m talking about him😉
Undoubtedly, this will make President Obama’s Asia—visit a little rockier than he had hoped—as he’s doing his official State Visit, the first done by an American president in two decades. We’ll see what sort of effect this has on China and Korea in the coming days.What are your thoughts on his pilgrimage?
I highly recommend my opinion piece I wrote on Yasukuni, viewable here
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(Photo also from above article)