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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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31.

Joao    

Folks stop being manipulated by TMZ. Lettermean didn't Rip Justin Bieber, in fact Beiber has no idea what went down. In fact 80% of the folks who will post on this dumb nothing "story" know nothing about the Sistine Chapel or who Michelangelo is. TMZ is Simon Says and you idiots comply with EVERYTHING TMZ says.

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32.

Miller    

CANADIAN high school?? Huh. I won't be watching Letterman anymore. What a stupid ignorant comment. When I was in school we were learning more about the rest of the world and less about our own heritage. I'm willing to bet there are a lot of people who don't know what the hell the Sistine Chapel is. And if they don't, WHO CARES.

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33.

yasmeen    

that was so not cool what dave did! beiber is a pretty cool kid!

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34.

Superman    

Is dumbass d-bag the new "in" now? Way too many of those in the "entertainment" biz.

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35.

Jac    

My guess is, Justin was obnoxious backstage and David found out about it...

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36.

Ruth    

What a dick.

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37.

Jordan    

Didn't Justin Beiber TV concert special just bomb worse than Rock of Ages?

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38.

Laurie123    

Oh come on, how can anyone be surprised that Beiber doesn't have a clue about basic art history?? There is NOTHING about him that screams out educational knowledge. He has been all over the world, performs in front of thousands and thousands of screaming fans, makes gazillions of dollars, and was even on the cover of Forbes. That's who he is. A lot of kids his age couldn't care less about renaissance art. Give him a break.

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39.

anony    

Oh, F%&*ING CALM DOWN, whoever wrote that nonsense on the "TMZ staff." PUH-leeze.
Get the sand out of your female parts.
Dave obviously likes Bieber, but what kind if high school graduate has NEVER heard of the SISTINE CHAPEL??? The Biebs has got to do a little more reading or he's gonna run the risk of turning into a professional athlete, who don't realize that being RICH and STUPID is no victory.
BTW, Dave was a C student, at best, his whole life.

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40.

Jordan    

Before you can rip Canadian High School doesn't Justin first have to attend high school.

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41.

Rhubino    

Typical Letterman, you get what you get, but I think the "Canadian high school" comment was a little out of line. As opposed to American high school? If it came down to knowing about the Sistine Chapel versus knowing where Italy is on the map, I think the latter's more important. Or that kangaroos don't come from Austria.

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42.

campy    

I do believe the Biebs was cheated out of an education with his travelling study at your own pace
teachers. Dude really should consider pursuing a
college degree. He can afford it.

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43.

kc    

Well when us Canadians crawl out of our igloos we dont learn about art in high school, we learn about more english, history, biology, and other less important things than art.

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44.

mikeman    

45% of you people are completely depressing.

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sandra     

Excuse me I am neither a Bieber fan nor a Letterman fan ,but even I know that you don't crab the arm of someone who has a new tatto . As far as the Sixteenth Chapel. goes I think he was tell Letterman that wasn't his goal . I am grandmother I think he was a little rude to the kid and not funny ..Ps only saw the clip don't watch either one

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