Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he was “happy” to give teen singing sensation and Stratford, Ont.-native Justin Bieber a Diamond Jubilee medal.
Even though the Biebs wore, well, that.
(Of course, the PM can’t really call Bieber out for his clothing choices.)
What an embarrassment. Does Justin Bieber take anything seriously?
The medals are meant to honour Canadians who have “made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada,” the Governor General’s website says. “The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.”
While I can’t say I’m a fan of Bieber, he technically fits the description. So maybe he deserves it (even if he did make fun of Prince William’s receding hairline earlier this year).
Before the Beliebers start attacking, note I’m not the only one to question Bieber’s attire. When the Monarchist League of Canada posted the photo to Facebook, several people commented on his clothes.
Some of the comments(which appear to have been deleted) included:
“You’re kidding. He could have at least put on a suit or something.”
“Well that pretty much kills the value of the medal to everyone else lol.”
“You almost cannot look any more informal than what he is wearing. He looks atrocious.”
“What in heaven’s name is he WEARING??!!”
“He might have dressed more respectfully for the occasion! By the way, our daughter – a military officer – also received this medal and I’m sure she is more deserving of it than this young man.”
Not everyone was against the singer, though.
“The medal ‘serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.’ Like Justin or not (I vote for not) , he has made significant achievements as an artist/performer. The recipients are as diverse as those who have received the Order of Canada or an OBE or any other Honour,” one person wrote.
Edit: On Sunday night, Harper joked about Bieber’s clothes, tweeting: “In fairness to @justinbieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too. #cdnpoli #beliebers”
What’s your opinion?