Why? A government official there wants to slap him with a lifelong ban from the country for posting a mocking Instagram photo as part of a boxing meme that popped up online over the weekend.
"Yacap party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez is urging Congress to officially ban the Canadian singer from ever setting foot in the country after he posted allegedly insulting photos of Pacquiao on the Internet," according to ABS-CBN News. "Lopez also urged the Filipino youth to stop listening to Bieber's songs and to stop going to his concerts."
Here's the backstory: Manny Pacquiao, a mega-star boxing legend and hero in his native Philippines, was shockingly knocked out with a vicious righthand from Juan Manuel Marquez in a Saturday night fight. Pacman's lifeless body laying facedown on the ring floor was a remarkably striking sports image and one that began a Photoshopping meme frenzy. The online peanut gallery pasted his prone form into shots from famous movies, WWF rings and other comedic contexts.On Sunday, Bieber offered this contribution to his 4.2 million Instagram followers:
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Bieber's post wasn't totally random, though. He's tight with longtime Pacquiao antagonizer and would-be opponent Floyd Mayweather, and even carried one of the champ's belts from locker room to ring as part of Mayweather's pre-fight entourage for a bout in May.
When ABS-CBN broke the news of Bieber's possible ban late Wednesday, Beliebers on Twitter flexed their might. "Ban Justin Bieber" became a worldwide trend, mostly because of teenage girls adding amendments such as "...from wearing clothes" to the end of the phrase.