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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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shabbs69    

GOOD! I hate that little ***!

823 days ago
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kronenburg    

This is what I love about Letterman. He rips the facades off these no-talent celebrities. And I'm sorry, but at 18 years old, the Beebs should absolutely, positively know its the "Sistine Chapel." Let's hope he's saving his money, because after his singing career is over, he won't have the intelligence to get a real job.

823 days ago
18.

Billy    

Not only is this kid a first class pole smoker, he's just stupid. I couldn't stop laughing at how dumb he looks and sounds. I'll be glad when this twits 10 mins of fame is over and he's outed himself and taking it from Lance bASS of the backdoor boys.

823 days ago
19.

Billy    

At least he can always do gay porn once his crappy career is over.

823 days ago
20.

Ty    

No fan of Bieber but never like Letterman. The guy has always been a douchebag. How people find him or that annoying bald troll is beyond me.

823 days ago
21.

Logan R    

If you are going to hang with idiots like Mayweather and Tyson and your mentor is Usher, you get what you get!

823 days ago
22.

lovetohatecelebs    

Someone is not used to people not kissing his feet/ass.... Almost started to cry. He needed that.

823 days ago
23.

Nvts    

"Canadian high school"....LOL......love it!!

823 days ago
24.

ShellBell    

And on Bieber's trip to Egypt he's going to make sure he visits the ancient "Sphincter" and "Pyromaniacs"

823 days ago
25.

lily    

Is Dave usually such an ahole to his guests? I don't watch his show.

823 days ago
26.

laura    

lol thats pretty funny. love letterman!

823 days ago
27.

shannon    

I think Dave was out of line for touching him on the tat, not for giving him crap about his ignorance. He needs to know how stupid he is, because none of his entourage, fans or family will tell him.

823 days ago
28.

Wash. Hts. Girl    

Letterman is a major putz...I'm no "Bieber fan" but what he did was really patronizing and condescending. So, the kid doesn't know the Sistine Chapel from the Mona Lisa...he's going to make more money in his lifetime than 80% of University graduates who have a BA, BS or higher. I'd like to see Letterman grab some rappers new tat and start making fun of him, Letterman would be decked in a flash. But Letterman wouldn't dare. That makes him a putz and a coward. Go pick on someone your own size Letterputz.

823 days ago
29.

manbearpig    

i never liked letterman ever but, it was funny to see that cranky old limousine liberal grab bieber's bony girl arm like that and cause him pain!!!
for once in your life- well done dave.

823 days ago
30.

Cam    

Dave was out line. I can careless what they were talking about or whether he was being a dick or not. He needs to keep his hands to himself.

823 days ago
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