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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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91.

Travis    

How many 16-year Americans have heard of the Sistine Chapel - probably very few. Is the USA known for their great public education system? I know you have to be laughing your ass off at that thought.
God Bless America (you need the help)

832 days ago
92.

Jody    

Justin is a little punk. I am glad letterman put him in his place.

832 days ago
93.

rsmik    

Dave is the honeybadger of late night

832 days ago
94.

john wayne gacy    


the only thing old man letterman can ignore
of bieber, is justins cries for more when he is
ripping him a little more from his taint upward;

832 days ago
95.

steppedonalego    

Canadian high school!? LOL... gimme a break. At least Canadians know WAY more about the US than the US does about Canada.

832 days ago
96.

Luz    

Tatoos were used in old times mostly by gladiators, and it meant a sign of tough and strengh! David Letterman pinched his tatoo to see how tough he was! Of course, this empty head is a pusssy!
A sign of the idiots who follow a trend without even knowing what it means!

832 days ago
97.

mary    

Beiber needs to learn how to give interviews. He still say "like" more than any teenage girl I know. He's a punk he thinks he's great. The harder he tries to act tough, the stupider he looks

832 days ago
98.

Sarah Katherman    

Ugh, you dont grab a new tattoo. Letterman is becoming more and more of a tool!!

832 days ago
99.

Jordan    

After watching the video again and Justin saying what a tough guy he is hanging out with mayweather working the bag with tyson he sure squeles like a stuck pig when his arm was lightly grabed imagine if someone really punched him he go down like tyson.

832 days ago
100.

Sharon Decker    

Time to retire and let someone like Jimmy Fallon take over. BYW I'm 65 years old.

832 days ago
101.

rico    

That kid gets creeper every time I see one of his interviews. It is truly cringe worthy.

832 days ago
102.

Luz    

Tatoos were used in old times mostly by gladiators, and it meant a sign of tough and strength! David Letterman pinched his tatoo to see how tough he was! Of course, this empty head is a pusssy!
A sign of the idiots who follow a trend without even knowing what it means!

832 days ago
103.

Robin    

Seriously, get over it. Dave was just razzing the Biebs the way he would any other guest - when you go on a talk show and say something stupid of course the host is gonna call you out. If you're man enough to be carrying Money Mayweather's belts you ought to be able to take a wisecrack from Letterman.

832 days ago
104.

Shawnnn    

Letterman is a god. As the kids say, bieber got 'pwned'. I think it's hilarious how stupid letterman made him look...kinda proving the "stereotype" that people with tattoos are a few pennies short of a nickle

832 days ago
105.

AyeJay    

Justin is trying WAAAY too hard to act cool. Seems as though he's trying to be like Zayn Malik from One Direction, Justin is starting with the hair and now the dumb tattoos. Man crush anyone?

832 days ago
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