Justin Bieber apologizes for disrespecting Argentina's flag

Justin Bieber performs live at the Padang Stage on Day 3 at the closing party of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on Sept. 23, 2013, in Singapore.
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Justin Bieber is apologizing after he angered fans in Argentina by brushing the country's flag offstage during a Buenos Aires concert.

The 19-year-old singer was caught on video during the performance Saturday as two flags were tossed onto the stage by fans and he pushed them away with his shoes and a microphone stand.

Taking to Twitter, Bieber said he was "shocked" by the outrage and to explain himself.


Bieber's manager Scooter Braun tweeted that Bieber will be back to Argentina. He might want to think carefully on that: Insulting Argentina's flag is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.

The singer has already come under fire during his South American tour for walking off stage in Argentina (he blamed food poisoning) and Brazil (after a plastic bottle was thrown at him). Brazilian police also tried unsuccessfully to question him about defacing a public building with graffiti, a crime that carries a year's prison sentence.