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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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46.

Janette    

Out of line? No...no, no, no, never. Someone needs to put that little **** in his place on a regular basis. God, I can't wait for his teenybopper fans to grow up and move on.

770 days ago
47.

kathy    

David Letterman is an old douchebag!! Speaking from a non Justin Bieber fan, I dont even know why Justin agrees to go on that show! David does this to him everytime, to try to make himself look smarter!! Sure, Justin isnt the smartest cookie, no one ever said he was, but he is a singer, how smart do you need to be to do that? Ask the millions of rappers out there, they can't even speak proper english when you talk to them!

770 days ago
48.

SullE    

Its a comedy show. If he didn't insert a joke after the "sixteenth chapel" it wouldnt be the David Letterman show.

770 days ago
49.

emma    

Yeah Canadians are smarter than Americans and our schools teach a hell of a lot more about the world than american schools do. Letterman is out of line in ragging on our school system. You have no right to judge us when your country has an incredibly low literacy rate.

770 days ago
50.

Kelly    

Don't you know? Justin's not into reading and writing. That's why he made the comment. He also doesn't know what German is, remember?

770 days ago
51.

Trina    

Dave has always been like this that is what makes him so funny. He probably shouldn't have grabbed him like that, but other than the physical he is just being Dave. Beieber walked right into it. Loved it!

770 days ago
52.

Truth    

BIEBER CLEAVER PASSED HIGH SCHOOL????? HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA. SRUSLY, SHOW US HIS DAMN CERTIFICATE AND IT BETTER NOT BE FORM ONE OF THOSE ON-LINE BASTIANS OF EDUCATION. #EPICFAIL #TRUTH!!

770 days ago
53.

nikynewark    

Creepy Dave strikes again. It's not the art. It's just that creepy old Dave is on the other side of the hill looking down at the graveyard and Bieber is young and still climbing success mountain. I'm not a Bieber fan but creepy Dave makes my skin crawl.

770 days ago
54.

Quinn    

Like Lil' Wayne and Chris brown, these delicate flowers think covering themselves in tats makes them look tough. Aside from the flat chest, many women would love to have a figure like Bieber.

770 days ago
55.

Criss    

Please tell me he's not that stupid in life, but that he's just stupid enough to think that joke was funny. Damn, this kid is annoying!

770 days ago
56.

Truth    

BIEBER CLEAVER PASSED HIGH SCHOOL????? HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA. SRUSLY, SHOW US HIS DAMN CERTIFICATE AND IT BETTER NOT BE FROM ONE OF THOSE ON-LINE BASTIANS OF EDUCATION. #EPICFAIL #TRUTH!!

770 days ago
57.

Luz    

I'd like to know who managed to take a handsome, perfectly normal teenage kid and turn him into the most empty headed, ugliest *** I've ever seen!
Apart that he has absolutely no talent!

770 days ago
58.

doc9    

This kid doesn't have much time left. Within 10yrs he'll be a has been. happens all the time.

770 days ago
59.

moe    

It was all in good fun. It was great!

770 days ago
60.

Blair    

David Letterman is an idiot. Justin Beiber was discovered when he was 14. When exactly did he attend Canadian high school?? What an ignorant comment. Why insult our school system when it has NOTHING to do with Justin's lack of historical knowledge? This Canadian is not impressed at all.

770 days ago
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