Justin Bieber Delays Release of Hideki Tojo Tribute Album Amid Controversy
BEIJING — In the wake of his controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, Justin Bieber announced Wednesday that he would delay the release of his upcoming tribute album for former Prime Minister of Japan and convicted Class-A war criminal Hideki Tojo.
Speaking atop an inflatable aircraft carrier in the pool of his Beverly Hills mansion, Bieber told assembled press that “negative reactions from Chinese and Korean fans” had forced him to push back the launch of Bieber Bushido, his musical homage to the man responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“I’ve always admired ‘Deki [Tojo],” Bieber remarked. “His singular style, ruthless will to power and staunch support for eugenics. I feel like we could have been friends.”
“The guy was Class A,” he added. “As in ‘class act.'”
The 20-year-old pop star went on to say that being hanged for war crimes “was no way for such a bright star to depart this Earth” and that he intended to “give the man the respect he deserves.”
However, in deference to “some fans from genetically inferior races” who were upset by his recent visit, Beiber’s management has decided to postpone the album and cancel several tour dates on the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun said that the pop prince has spent six years fine-tuning the concept album, penning surefire hits like “Tora x3 (featuring Pharrell Williams)” and “Infamy (Kamikaze Remix).”
Braun admitted he was disappointed by the delay, as Bieber had already shot the music video for “Comfort Women (featuring AKB48),” which features the singer in a Geisha costume eating sashimi off a nude Chiang Kai-shek.
When asked, Braun denied his client was a racist, saying, “Justin is passionate and has strong opinions, but he is absolutely not a bigot—at least, no more than I am.”
According to sources, the young star discovered his love for the Tojo cabinet in school, as his history teacher was too polite to refer to the former de facto commander of the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces as a war criminal, instead using the official Canadian term, “bad egg.”
On Friday, just as the furor over his visit was dying down, reporters found a message Beiber left in the Yasukuni Shrine guest book.
It read, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Tojo was a great leader. Hopefully he would have been a belieber.”