Whoops: Justin Bieber Apologizes For Glorifying Monument To War Criminals
By Mack Rawden 2014-04-23 10:20:32
Justin Bieber puts himself in a lot of terrible situations, partly because he’s not the world’s most educated person and partly because he makes some awful decisions. Now and again, however, he gets caught up in a scandal that can be directly attributed simply to his fame. The following is an example of that. The Biebs has spent the past several hours frantically backpedaling after he mistakenly tweeted out pictures of himself showing respect to a controversial Japanese war criminals shrine.
Sounds too crazy to be believed, right? Well, actually, the explanation behind the mishap makes it sound pretty understandable. According to E! News, he was cabing it in Japan when he saw the really impressive structure and asked his driver to take him there. Not being able to read the language, he assumed it was a temple, tried to pay his respects as best as possible and sent out the picture seen at the top of this article. An overwhelming majority of his Instagram/ Twitter followers didn’t see anything wrong with the picture either, but a small number of them familiar with Eastern Culture recognized what the place really was and raised a stink.
Here’s a portion of his actual “I’m Sorry” quote…
"While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan."
The place in question is called the Yasukuni Shrine. In theory, it’s supposed to be a tribute to all of the soldiers who have died fighting for Japan over the years, but because more than one thousand people who have been labeled war criminals are enshrined there, it leaves a bit of a distaste in the mouths of many foreign nations. You would never know any of that just be driving by it though.
One would imagine even Bieber’s biggest critics will let him off with a free pass on this one now that he’s apologized, but if any more drama drama comes of it, we will keep you updated.