South Africans conflicted after Justin Bieber announces Israel tour
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South Africans are conflicted about Justin Bieber’s 2022 ’Justice World Tour’ after the Baby hitmaker announced he would be performing in Israel after his South African leg of the tour.
On Monday fans were excited when they received the news that he would he was expected to perform in Cape Town in September 2022, followed by Johannesburg in October 2022.
After the short-lived euphoria, many took to social media to point out that the next stop in his world tour was Tel Aviv, Israel.
This announcement comes the week after the ongoing controversy about Miss South Africa, Lalela Mswane, choosing to partake in the Miss Universe pageant being hosted in Israel in December.
Various organisations, politicians and activists have called for Miss South Africa to boycott the pageant. But Miss South Africa organisation has said that the pageant was not political.
Additionally, the Department of Arts, Culture and Sports released a statement saying that the government had withdrawn its support for the beauty queen to compete in the pageant.
Spokesperson for the Miss South Africa organisation, Janine Walker said the organisation is not making any more comments on this stage.
Twitter user @wahraasusername reminded her followers that apartheid is wrong everywhere, ‘even if your favs support it’.
“Justin Bieber is performing in apartheid Israel after performing in South Africa. If you're against Lalela representing South Africa in the Miss Universe competition then you should be against this too. Don't be selfish,” she said.
Justin Bieber is performing in apartheid Israel after performing in South Africa. If you're against Lalela representing South Africa in the Miss Universe competition then you should be against this too. Don't be selfish. Apartheid is wrong everywhere even if your favs support it.— duaa lipa ➐ (@wahraasusername) November 15, 2021
Twitter user @_ryeofsunshine_ said many have double standards for supporting Bieber while cancelling the reigning Miss South Africa.
The same people that were cancelling Miss SA are now gonna support Justin Bieber when he’s doing the same thing, why are there different standards?— r. 🇵🇸 (@_ryeofsunshine_) November 15, 2021
Simultaneously, the Canadian singer is being urged by the Human Rights Foundation to boycott an upcoming concert in Saudi Arabia.
The foundation wants him to use his global influence to issue a statement in support of human rights in Saudi Arabia.