Justin Bieber Offends China, Promptly Tweets Apology
Justin Bieber found himself having to issue an apology after visiting a war shrine in Japan. His visit elicited anger among his Chinese and South Korean fans, who deem the Yasukuni Shrine a reminder of Japan’s World War II atrocities.
Two photos posted late Tuesday and subsequently removed from Instagram showed Bieber praying outdoors at the shrine and standing beside a Shinto priest. The images outraged China as well as many commenters on Instagram and Twitter.
In a new Instagram post Wednesday evening, Bieber, 20, said he asked his driver to stop when he saw the shrine.
"I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry," the post said. "I love you China and I love you Japan." The photo below is what he posted along with his message.
Oops. The Biebs should probably brush up on his world history. Remember his Anne Frank gaffe?