In a recent TMZ report, Justin Bieber's latest album cover Purpose is reportedly being banned in the Middle East for bearing his chest and showing a cross tattoo.
A source tells TMZ that Bieber's latest album cover is being rejected in several Middle Eastern countries, as well as Indonesia, "predominantly Muslim regions."
Bieber's shirtless photo was allegedly too provocative and too religious for the more conservative countries. The young pops star team is supposedly set to replace the cover with a redesigned image for the countries that oppose it.
The Canadian has many religious tattoos and has been very vocal about his Christianity as seen in his recent interview with Complex.
"We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he really heals. This is it. It's time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I'm at a point where I'm not going to hold this in," Bieber said.
He went on to preach about his own intimate association with Jesus, "It should be just like a personal relationship. Like, 'Hey, I love you because you first loved me'."
Bieber's first tattoo referencing Jesus came from a trip he took to Israel in 2011 with his dad, Jeremy Bieber. The two got matching tattoos that read "Yeshua," a Hebrew word for "Jesus."
In 2013 he received a large Greek symbol for Christ on his left forearm. The Greek tattoo features a simple "X" and was believed to have been down in London.
Now causing him trouble is his most blatant Christian tat. That being the cross in the center of his chest, do you think these countries are over reacting? Leave your comments below.
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