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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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Bridget    

He shouldn't have grabbed his arm. But other then that, I'm fine with it. Letterman doesn't suck up to the celebs like Leno does. If he sees something to call them out on, he does. I love it.

852 days ago
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ashley    

i don't think justin deserved to be belittled like that. i'm canadian and i don't know much about the sistine chapel. and i'm definitely not stupid. different countries place importance on different stuff.

852 days ago
63.

Heather    

first of all, it was a pronunciation mistake, hold your ****ing horses, and second of all, if you want to rip any high school education then maybe you should take a hard look at the American schooling system where more than half of american high school students can't find America on a map!

852 days ago
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firebaby    

can't blame canadian schools, dave... my 7-yr old first grader tells me all about claude monet, vincent van gogh, etc etc (he calls them by their full names as well, lol).... he knows which one went mad, cut off his ear, who painted which church, and everything... justin bieber is just a spoiled overrated kid who has yet to hit puberty....

852 days ago
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bornunderprotest    

i can see both sides. i don't like, dave grabbing up on the kids arm. i don't think justin was cool with that,and i get that. but, it would not have seemed awkward for justin to raise a stink about it, right then and there. that put the kid in an unfair situation in front of god knows how many people. on the other hand; i get dave talking about, the [yes i'm biased too] stupidity of tattoos. and oh yeah, we all remember the classic do-op tune..."sixteen chapels"...... LOL......

852 days ago
66.

Carl    

David has always had disdain for that kind of pop star, and I don't blame him. I remember 10 years ago or so when they had a boy band on that he just sat in his chair and said thanks after they performed. I had NEVER seen him do that before. He always gets up and walks over to thank them.

Anyway, Biebier's time as a teen idol is limited. I'd be surprised if we get to the end of next year with him still being a big deal.

852 days ago
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jibjab    

i mean really though? i get not knowing the whole sistine chapel thing, but grabbing the tattoo. you could tell bieber was hurt and that is clearly embarrassing. i get the whole lesson in schooling, but being a dick to him for isnt cool. whether it is his show or not, bieber WAS the guest, so he needs to be treated w respect.

852 days ago
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jibjab    

i mean really though? i get not knowing the whole sistine chapel thing, but grabbing the tattoo. you could tell bieber was hurt and that is clearly embarrassing. i get the whole lesson in schooling, but being a dick to him for isnt cool. whether it is his show or not, bieber WAS the guest, so he needs to be treated w respect.

852 days ago
69.

BC    

Oh, Bieber is so cultured- NOT!

852 days ago
70.

Mikey    

They don't call them Dunce Marks for nothing!

852 days ago
71.

lisa    

I am canadian, went to a canadian High School, don't remember hearing anything about a chapel? so friggin what, most of you people don't know that either, seriously be honest! Oh, and by the way Dave Lettermen is a cranky arse, has been one for a long time, do not like him, very mean to his guests, did you hear what he did to Richard Simmons! Moron, needs to retire!!!!!

852 days ago
72.

Joey    

I was always a fan of Letterman and now even more. It is avout time that people start treating him like the boob that he is. A talentless creapy little kid that has no idea about anything. Way to go Dave!

852 days ago
73.

Dictionary Man    

I'am not a Bieber fan either, BUT...
Actually, BOTH prononciation may be acceptable due to the latin root of the name : Sacellum Sixtinum (with an 'x') translated later in Italian : Capella Sistina (with an 's'). It later(man) gave 'Sistine' in anglo-saxon country, where my guess is people don't like homo...nymes, against 'Sixtine' in more... well... Sixy contries....

That was Dictonary Man on report... sorry...

852 days ago
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charlei harper    

Any one that goes on Letterman is just asking for it...and Letterman can smell fear and will work it. I like Letterman, he's a cranky old man that loves to make some of his guest cower in fear, the more experienced well read celebs know this and are more balanced in their confidence. Bieber looked like he was about to wet his pull ups...

852 days ago
75.

TheMarshmallowMan    

I can't stand this turd, can't wait till his delusional fans grow up and realize they were conned.

852 days ago
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