The latest controversy Justin Bieber finds himself in is over the cover art for his new album: some Muslim countries say the cover is provocative because it’s “too Christian.”
According to The Daily Mail:
“He unveiled the artwork for his upcoming album Purpose on Friday but not everyone, it seems, is impressed.
The cover art shows a shirtless Bieber looking downwards with his hands posed in prayer and the large cross tattoo on his chest clearly visible.
According to TMZ, that appears a little too provocative for mainly Muslim Indonesia and several Middle Eastern countries.
The overtly Christian symbolism on the Purpose cover has led the album to be banned in those places where it may cause offense, the gossip website claimed.”
Bieber has been unapologetically Christian, never shying away from talking about his faith that Bieber says has helped get him through tough times.
The article continues:
“Bieber has spoken recently about his strong Christian beliefs and how his faith has helped him turn around his life after a period of high-profile brushes with the law and bratty behavior.
‘I, personally, love Jesus and that was my salvation,’ he told Complex magazine in an interview for its October/November issue.
‘I want to share what I’m going through and what I’m feeling and I think it shouldn’t be ostracized,’ he added. ‘My faith has brought me to a whole other level. I love talking about my faith……. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.’”