The pop star lands in hot water for two cases, mocking Philippines' beloved boxer Manny Pacquiao and handing out his pet hamster to a screaming fan.
Justin Bieber is currently not popular among politicians in the Philippines and animal lovers. Just one day after the pop star was slammed for mocking Philippines' boxer Manny Pacquiao, he is accused of committing an act of "animal cruelty" when he gave up his pet hamster PAC to a fan.
In the case of Pacquiao, Bieber posted a photoshopped picture of the athlete falling with Michael Jackson in parallel lean. "Pacquiao doing the lean with MJ ...Classic moment," he wrote in companion of the Instagram photo. Another image was Lion King's Simba nudging Manny in the manner he did his dead father. Bieber was joking about Pacquiao's KO by Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday, December 8.
"Mr. Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hard work, determination and firm belief in God, and despite such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even in defeat," seven lawmakers in the Philippines Congress said in a statement. They demand an apology from Bieber for his "distasteful comments...lest he be declared persona non grata."
Meanwhile, California Hamster Association is also pinning on Bieber after he endangered the life of his hamster by handing it out to another carer. The group told TMZ that hamsters are fragile creatures that "often succumb quickly to illness and death," especially when faced with "sudden environmental change."
CHA believed that "the moment the hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom." They thought Bieber should have turned it to more responsible new owner such as an animal or rescue center.