Justin Bieber spent last week in New York and Los Angeles—but was almost in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, according to a fascinating report from TMZ. Bieber was reportedly approached by a promoter to play the RNC for $5 million (a figure funded by GOP donors), sources connected with Bieber's talent agency CAA told the outlet.
He turned it down after his manager, Scooter Braun (a Hillary Clinton supporter who fundraised for her), threatened to quit and LeBron James (who the promoter said would also be at the event as a non-political guest and actually wasn't) told Bieber not to go.
Bieber reportedly "seriously considered" doing the show because of the money—TMZ notes it's one of the highest single paydays for any singer—and his neutrality as a Canadian watching an American election. He was told the event was "not political," and Bieber would have to make no Trump or GOP policy endorsements. He just couldn't make any disparaging remarks, either. Braun and CAA didn't buy this and saw it as completely politicized.
Braun didn't outright say no at first: He suggested Bieber ask to put "Black Lives Matter" banners in the venue. Bieber's team made the request and donors refused, allowing only "All Lives Matter" banners. So Braun left it up to Bieber but told him if he did the show, Braun could no longer represent him on principle. His band—mostly African American—didn't want to perform there either, TMZ reports.
So Bieber refused the money, and Third Eye Blind gave a shade-throwing performance instead.
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