Justin Bieber’s Overalls Cause International Twitter Incident


Nobody was happy with Justin Bieber's choice of dress to accept the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the weekend.

Twitter in particular was outraged.

Tweeted Bieber: “I met the Prime Minister in overalls lol"

And Harper showed class in response: “In fairness to @justinbieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too.”

Bieber explained later: “The pic of me and the Prime Minister was taken in a room in the arena where i was performing at that day. I walked straight from my meet and greet to him, if you 'Hayley' expect me to have a change of clothes let a loan a suit at that specific time that’s crazy, It wasn’t like it was like I was going into his environment we were at a hockey arena. Wow am i ever white trash hayley peterson lol.”


  1. niles says

    His antics have gotten out of hand. If he’s not running rampant on the highways, he is embarrassing his own countrymen with flagrant sartorial assaults. May this little irritant be sent soon to the place where dwells MC Hammer and his ilk.

  2. JohnAGJ says

    He needs better advisers. One doesn’t meet the leader of your country to accept what I presume is a prestigious award dressed like this. At least a button-down shirt or something, which he easily could have slipped on and then taken off later for his concert. Poor taste.

  3. Ronny says

    He’s better dressed in the commercials inflicted upon us. He certainly could have done a quick change. And now I’m judging him for writing “let a loan” rather than “let alone.”

  4. bostonbeat says

    lame excuse. take 5 mins to change into something else, arrogant little prick. i get it he’s not some politician or whatever but this is just tacky.

  5. Joseph Singer says

    Chirruns need to have their elementary school teachers instruct them that just because something sounds the same it really has a different meaning. “Let a loan” really doesn’t work as well as “let alone.” Then again maybe the Biebs is talking about giving someone a loan. More probably it’s that the Biebs doesn’t understand what a homophone is. If someone told him about homophones he might think someone was talking about a gay guy with a pink case on his iPhone.

  6. Gigi says

    I didn’t know that Biebs was a fellow Canadian. Guess that’s quite telling re: how closely I don’t follow his career. I did know that Ryan Gosling is Canadian. 😉

  7. John Freeman says

    Honestly, who cares. They are both an embarrassment to Canada, and why would Harper give a Canadian award to someone who doesn’t even live there?

  8. (the other)jamesintoronto says

    Settle down guys. He was performing at the half time show for the Grey Cup (Canada’s equivalent to your Super Bowl), and they sprung this on him at the last minute. And to those who claim he’s not Canadian because he doesn’t live here – what international star from Canada still lives in Canada? It is the nature of the business that you need to live in either L.A. or New York. Justin does manage to come back to Canada for every awards show and every important event, so it’s not like he’s turned his back on Canada. Give him a break, he’s 18 years old and trying to do the best he can in a world that seems to thrive on his failure.

  9. Dan B says

    Can someone from the Commonwealth please explain to us Yanks why your monarch and her theoretical subordinates see fit to use their civil powers to grant awards, medals, and knighthoods to entertainers? In America, if you want some kind of recognition from the President or Congress, you have to (at least theoretically) do something in service to the country. That doesn’t prevent some extremely dubious recipients, of course, but at least we attempt to preserve a modicum of separation between government and the arts. Most of these Diamond Jubilee medals, by the way, went to members of the military or emergency services personnel. What exactly has the Biebs done for Canada and Her Majesty?

  10. MikeBoston says

    Justin would be well served to study Leif Garrett – he would then be able to prepare himself for the future that awaits him.

  11. Paul R says

    @Dan B. Not quite. There are the Kennedy Center Honors and various medals of honor handed out by the president and other heads of state. And they usually just go to famous people, not anyone who has done much.

    Also, of course his education has been awful. He started performing when he was a preteen. He and Brittney Spears could take IQ tests and their combined scores wouldn’t hit 3 digits. But who cares? They make some people happy (not me) and have more money than any of us ever will.

  12. fern says

    I feel bad for this kid (and fellow Canadian) as it seems most straight men hate teenage boys and have a desire to see them humiliated and “put in their place”. Particularly Bieber since he doesn’t fit into the macho culture everyone must conform to. Case in point was the thugs at the CFL booing him during his performance yesterday. Their hate for teen idols of course didn’t extend to Carly Rae Jepsen – cute girls ok cute guys not so much. They really aren’t anything other than high school bullies picking on the fem boys. The only difference is these losers are like 50.

  13. says

    It’s actually the most fitting attire one should don when meeting this particular Prime Minister…..

    and Dan B., this Canuck would like to know why your country is still a few decades behind Canada in terms of LGBT Equality in terms of policy and law.


    one of the neat things about the (at this point) ceremonial nature of our relationship to the royal family is the stamp of “Royal Assent”

    Gay Marriage legalized by Canadian government – Queen says “Yeah, I approve”

    it’s entirely ceremonial. but still kinda lovely, in that regard 😀

  14. D Michael says

    …..:”Sartorial assaults”?
    give me a F*CKEN BREAK CANADA!

  15. Dan B says

    @Paul R:
    The Kennedy Center is not connected with the government. It just happens to be in DC and well-attended by presidents.

    My country, the California Republic, is quite as progressive as Canada and Western Europe when it comes to gay rights. I cannot say the same for the Confederate States of Dumbfuckistan, who are sorely asking for a reminder of who won the last war. If we had let them go when they wanted to leave, that would just have prolonged slavery.
    As for pretty ceremonies, do Mother England a favor and politely tell that bejeweled old bonebag in Buckingham to shove off, so that the Brits figure out they need to do the same before any more of their former colonies overtake them in major indicators of social progress.

  16. says

    i could care less that he’s wearing overalls to meet the pm…it’s the fact that he’s receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal looking like a rube! show some respect!

  17. Darrell says

    Since he performed the next day at the 100th Grey Cup CFL Championship Game at the Rogers Arena in Toronto you will all be happy to know Justina Bieber got booed by the large crowd of 55,000 as most of the football spectators were 40 plus and probably have kids the same age….It was not the sort of half time show they wanted anyways….Gordon Lightfoot got the biggest round of applause from the audience. We Canadians are sick of him anyways and the fact that he got an award really shows that Harper is just trying to ride the media bandwagon on Bieber anyways……

  18. Bill Michael says

    Justin Bieber is such a doll, and he seems like he has a head full of sense. Boy oh boy, overalls, huh? When I was in high school there was, for a brief time, a trend where guys would wear cutoff overalls. There was a nicely tanned Italian boy with dark hair and dark eyes who wore them really well who I’ll never forget as long as I live.