Justin Bieber has some ‘splainin’ to do. At least that’s what the radio and fans of the “random country” of Indonesia thinks. They’ve banned the teen idol and his music because of disrespectful comments he made about Indonesia in a British T.V. interview.
It all started when the Teen Dream went to London to promote his new album, Believe. According to sources, JB “insulted Indonesia and threw a hissy fit.” Actually Justin said that one of his new tracks “Be Alright” was recorded in a random country, and that the people who worked in the studio where he recorded the song “didn’t know what they were doing.” Ouch. Needless to say, IndonesiansÂ—even Indonesian BeliebersÂ—were not amused. Indonesian radio Kiss 105 FM immediately banned JB’s songs. Kiss FM’s executive producer, Anggi Simanjuntak complained about Biebs’ remarks in an interview with the Jakarta Post:
“His tone was very condescending and he is just a 19-year-old boy,” Simanjuntak said. “This is a country with more than 200 million citizens.”
According to Anggi, JB’s Indonesian fans support the ban. Many Beliebers reportedly unfollowed their idol on Twitter, and some of them “even blocked Bieber’s Twitter account from their timelines.” However, a Kiss announcer later intimated that all would be forgiven if the “Boyfriend” singer “apologized in a sweet manner and promised not to say such things about Indonesia again.” If he does that, the ban will probably be lifted.
So will Justin Bieber apologize? Only he knows for sure. However, a recent fan site poll showed that a 48.74 percent majority of Beliebers think he should. Only 35.19 percent thought he should stand his ground. 16.09 percent weren’t sure.
So, there you have it. Will Justin apologize for his thoughtless comments? Or will he forever be persona non grata in Indonesia?
Â© Hope Carson 2012