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David Letterman

Rips Justin Bieber

for Ignorant Remark

6/22/2012 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Justin Bieber is 18 years old ... and believes Michelangelo painted the "Sixteenth Chapel" ... and last night, David Letterman ripped him for it.

Bieber was showing off his new arm tattoo on the "Late Show" ... when Dave, acting like a cranky disapproving old man, reached over and grabbed the fresh ink, causing Justin to scream out in pain.

While Justin forced a smile, Dave continued to give the Canadian singer a hard time ... and then advised Bieber, "Don't go nuts [with the tattoos] ... because more and more you see like the mural ... like the Sistine Chapel, it's too much."

Bieber replied, "I'm not going for the Sixteenth Chapel."

Letterman laughed ... and quipped, "Canadian high school."

While there's really no excuse for not knowing about one of the most famous places on the face of the Earth, Justin was under attack from the moment he stepped foot on the stage.

So, we gotta ask ...

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dede    

Jack

Letterman and this guy fall in the same hole " A S S H O L E S" That the problem with some people, when born their body party fail to reproduce in the right area.

Dave gave the pencil neck geek a complement even saying he went to high school. He probably never even went to grammar school.
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MarieD1969    

It was a bit rude and he seemed to be overly man handling his guests. But he or his people should have forwarned him that Dave can be outlandish. That's what he's known for!

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janet    

no talent idiot. hes done when the teeny bopper go someplace else.

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NoBozo    

The kid is dumb. He should be made aware just how stupid he is so he can get his dumb a$$ back to school. GRE or whatever grade he failed to graduate. Stay in school and learn how to do an interview with an adult. Fool.

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Melissa    

okay, for one, Who has never screwed up on the pronunciation of a word. Second of all, I have a do***ented IQ of 167 and for years I called a bathing suit a badeing suit. So you can't use that to determine someones intelligence, and thirdly, when I was in grade 10 we had members of the American School board, come to our school to study how our exams and grade were taught up here in Canada, and promptly told us they could not use out programs because what we were learning in high school you were learning in university. If you compare our rates of graduates any were in Canada we out number you in the States 5 to 1. So before you or anyone start to bad mouth the Canadian School system you better do your research. But that would mean you would need to take an actual interest in cultures and countries outside of your own.

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Rafaelle Zuccaro    

With people like Justin and Miley and TO MANY other young Hollywood "stars"-- Our young people are leaning and learning more about SEX and FILTH before they know how to read , write and REASON!!!!!

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Shannon    

Was Letterman out of line? No. And I don't even LIKE Letterman. Somebody's got to NOT kiss this kid's a$$ and put him in his place. If Letterman's the man for the job, so be it.

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jmom    

After Letterman making fun of Bieber, I feel sorry for the wife and child of Letterman.

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234.

SNAFU    

Wonder how many Americans know where this chapel is? Probably not many. Most probably don't know where Washington D.C. is.

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Claire    

CLASSIC BIEBS!!!!!! Knows nothing, has no talent and still is popular. Sounds like a case of the kardashians.

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Other Countries    

Unlike in the USA, at least Canadian High Schools actually teach kids where other counties are on the map!!

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thomasallan    

David, love the rip on Justin(e) and appreciate that he may in fact be an idiot but you should know, he was educated in the US and by US tutors... think of where he has lived since he was 12. Had he been educated in Canada, chances are he would still be in grade nine - we hold idiots back!!

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Gucci    

God Bieber is a dumb ****.

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bka62223    

I'm a Letterman fan but I really don't understand why he seems to target some people for abuse. Bieber has a huge target on his back when it comes to going on Letterman and to be truthful, I don't know why he chooses to be a guest. Paris Hilton is another. Why go on his show when you know his foremost intent is to antagonize you. I'm not a fan of either, or for that matter Richard Simmons, but at least Simmons finally wised up and refuses to do his show. Bieber should have grabbed Letterman around the neck and shook him hard, as Letterman has a phobia about guests hugging him around the neck. I say; if ya go back on the show Biebs, grab him around the neck and hold on for life!!! Straighten up David, no need to be such a jerk !!!

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Jealous much?    

I'm not a huge Bieber fan, but everyone on here is being all high and mighty mocking the kid for not knowing the Sistine chapel. Well I'm not saying he shouldn't know it, but give the kid a break. I'm Canadian and I have talked to American college students who don't even know how many states are in their own country.

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