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Bieber got a Diamond Jubilee medal … and wore this

- November 23rd, 2012
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Did the airline lose Justin Bieber’s suitcase, which had the clothes (say, a suit) he was supposed to wear to receive his Diamond Jubilee medal? (Photo: Handout/PMO)

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?

 

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49 comments

  1. Josh T | November 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    As a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal I’m not questioning whether or not he was deserving. I question his judgement when it comes to his closing choice to receive a National Honour from the Prime Minister no less.

  2. judy | November 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    what a disgrace!!
    he could of dress up abit for the occasion,maybe not a suit.
    he looks like a hick -and he is giving them a bad rap

  3. Colin | November 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Really? The same people that accuse Beiber of being shallow are concerned about what he wore?

    (“Hey, Kettle – calling you out on this one!” said the pot.)

  4. Scott | November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Agreed, common courtesy calls for business attire.

  5. jaydee | November 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Justin Bieber should dress like everybody, wear an ugly mask, and pads to ensure he conforms to the expected norms of all those who want everyone to look, act, smell, taste and feel the same. Who does he think he is … an 18 year old pop star who really only cares about what people his own age think about him?

  6. Bob | November 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    The way he’s dressed, looks to me like he doesn’t care about the award. He thinks it’s a joke,otherwise he would have received it in a respectable manner.

  7. LB | November 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    He looks like he should be on Swamp People.

  8. Heather | November 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

    The guy is a pop star. ‘Nuff said. What do you think Lady Gaga would have worn? Probably a big beaver skin or something. Who cares how he dresses…he’s a pop idol not the President of some country. I’m not a big fan but I say good for him…be who you want to be. He can certainly afford to be who he wants to be…a don’t forget he’s still a kid.

  9. adam | November 24, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I would just like to say CF Members wear are Dress uniforms to receive this medal. And I would hope that you agree we may of done a little more then make a few million bucks and sing so gay song about my girlfriend .

  10. Jim | November 24, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I think he deserves the medal but he dresses like the singing genre’s Dennis Rodman!

  11. Ron | November 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

    If he made the clothing choice, shame on home, if it was his handlers, I’d fire them! What a poor example for youth and makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian.

  12. Qujuq Paddler | November 24, 2012 at 5:27 am

    This is a huge difference between being shallow about what he wore and the respect of an hounour such as this. If I were a handler of Harpos, I would not have allowed the PM to pin the medal on him. And no this is NOT about “get a haircut”, his is better than the PMs. This is about “man up and take your hat off”. This ain’t no steet gang, homes.

  13. Qujuq Paddler | November 24, 2012 at 5:32 am

    For this lack of respect to Her Majesty and to Canada, he should have been banned from the ceremonies. The rest of the world looks at this photo and they laugh at us. Every time I see this boy’s image it gives me cause yet again to cringe. If you like LA and your pals in NYC that much little man, you ought to stay there. We don’t need you disrespecting the service of others who have served to make this coutnry a a better place by showing up in your clown costume.
    “Look at me – I’m cool”. No little boy you are a disgrace and some would say undeserving of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee honour.

  14. krysbkreations | November 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Bieber: I heard your mom once say that you need to stop believing your own hype. Well, your choice of outfit for such a prestigious award ceremony confirms that. Your level of disrepect has no bounds. You are a total let down for those who call you a role model. Shame on you.
    PS. I’ve often wondered…are you getting any sort of formal education while out there making a fool of yourself?

  15. Marsha | November 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

    It is called RESPECT and it is obvious he has none. What a self absorbed little twit!

  16. KathyD | November 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

    All Beibs is missing is the piece of straw hanging out his mouth and a banjo!

  17. Kim | November 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I agree Marsha, there is a time and a place for everything, and this was not the time to dig into the old cloths drawer and pull out lets go shovel poop attire. We teach our children to be respectfull, have values and morals. When you are in the spotlight in which he is, you take that responsibility on. Shame on who approved of this. 18 or not, he is an adult who has taken on an accepted adult resposibilities and should act so, we all make bad choices, this is a case in which does he realize that this looks completely unappealing. ‘ to know and not to do, is not to know. He has alot of growing up to do.

  18. Jake Bonn | November 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Neither the presenter or recipient deserve any medals…. Unless of course they are being rewarded and honoured for their unsurpassed superficiality and their uncanny similarities as rude and obnoxious control freaks off camera.

  19. A.Nebel | November 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Is it any wonder our country is going down the tube? Parents, can you point out the disrespect and disgraceful attitude of this young? I am no talent agent, but it does not take genius I.Q., to recognize without the sound effects, and the silly young girls of this world, could he really sing and be a pop star? We will not mention his wobbling (dancing?) on the stage.
    He is just lucky he has youth on his side. It is not all his fault, after all, it was a star would said he had talent? Does that mean you do not have to be respectful, even Mick Jagger would have gotten dressed properly to respect the medal he was receiving and acknowledge the reason for it.
    Sorry, it is a definite NO for Bieber, and no pat on the back for his mother’s teachings of respect.

  20. patrick | November 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

    He is who he is the dress fits his image, I am sure the Beatles kept to their image remember Magical Mystery Tour when they received their Order of England or whatever, in fact John Lennon returned his medal!!

  21. Wayne | November 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe he was trying to be equal to the majority of Canadians who cannot afford a suite. Good for Justin. A suite does not justify accomplishment, it just clarifies how we have become so shallow as to judge based on outward appearance. When did we let materials overshadow personal acheivement?

  22. Wayne | November 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    ooop I before e except after C. Achievement.

  23. Frank Johnson | November 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This “rapper wannabe” doesn’t realize that the respect he once enjoyed for his musical origins is the same one he needs to convey now for other people specially in an event that honours him. For me, he has never really existed as an artist. With this, he now doesn’t exist as a person anymore…

  24. Marty Godfrey | November 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Atta boy Franky…lmao

  25. M. Jones | November 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    The kid is a punk. Mom should teach him some manners. He didn’t even remove his hat in the presence of the Prime Minister.

  26. Penny | November 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out just what serious contribution he has made to Canada….this certainly doesn’t show respect for people who actually should be on the list…and his attire is more in keeping with what one wears to a “no-talent but look at me” music awards show in the States.

  27. Bill | November 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I didnt know this was JB, so at first look it seeded like a pr photo pf the priminister with a handycapped kid.

  28. Bob | November 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Farmer wannabe!

  29. Bob | November 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Bieber is too stupid to ever be compared to John Lennon!

  30. VicD | November 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Total lack of respect. For the symbolism and for the office, as a retired military member, I can only feel sorry for our youth as more and more of them are showing a lack of judgement and respect. As a parent I am appalled that this ‘young man’ was obviously not taught courtesy, respect, and the concept of right and wrong by his parents. He will, no doubt, make a statement about ‘how he made a bad decision’. It is a statement of our world today. Too bad.

  31. Al | November 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Wearing a suit and removing his hat isn’t about conforming to social norms that are rejected by the misunderstood youth of a generation. It isn’t about, “Staying true to myself, YO!” Heck, he’s just a kid. He still has no idea who he is. That is evidenced by the fact he has so easily been molded into whatever he is now. Maybe we should be thankful he was wearing those overalls. He could have been wearing pants half way down is butt having the effect of making his legs appear to be ridiculously disproportionate with the remainder of his body.

    Wearing attire that is suitable to the occasion is about INTENTIONALLY SHOWING respect for others. It is not about being forced to conform. Appropriate attire is about other people.

    For example, removing a hat when entering another’s home. What is the hat except apparel? It is just an inanimate object. But removing the hat is a means by which one intentionally and purposely conveys, “I respect and value you.” It is non-verbal communication.

    Attending a funeral. The person in the casket couldn’t possibly care less about what you are wearing. In fact, they don’t even care what they are wearing. Yet proper attire is expected.

    We have many such social norms. Some may be outdated due to changing clothing styles and mores. But the heart of the matter remains the same. How we choose to dress conveys a message.

    Not removing the hat, wearing shorts to a funeral, or in this case wearing that clown outfit to the ceremony , conveys a negative message. “I do not respect you or the office you represent. I do not respect the others who have received this award.” He has shown contempt for the award and for those others to whom the award has been conferred. Perhaps that was his intent?

    There is no excuse for his age as he has, or should have, an entourage that is mindful of such things.

    The old adage, “You are the company you keep.” rings true. This reflects poorly on him and the people who have influence over him.

  32. Carla Brown | November 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    We are trying to STOP bullying in this country, these comments are an act of bullying, who cares what he has on. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Shame on you.

  33. Carla | November 25, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Justin Bieber was dressed like this for the concert he was attending right after meeting the PM. He deserved this medal and who cares how he looked. If someone with not that much money won the Diamond Jubilee and they didn’t dress nice would you criticize them for not dressing up. Some people are very hypocritical! It is not required to dress up as said it is just what is seen as the social norm. Love you Justin! <3

  34. Rocky | November 25, 2012 at 4:03 am

    do you mean CLOTHING choice?

  35. Kathy | November 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    also, he can probably afford a nice suite at a hotel, but how about a nice suit for an auspicious occasion?

  36. Tracy Rich | November 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Well that just goes to show that this medal is nothing but a farce he gets a medal becasue he can sing wow what a was of time and doesn’t our prime minister have more pressing issue like saving jobs and helping the homeless than presenting a medal to a kid.

  37. Tracy Rich | November 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

    well maybe the medal is not a farce but it being presented to a kid just because he can sing what about all the fire fighters and police that risk there lives every day to help people and they get no respect they all should get the medal or the individuals that resuce other people putting themselfs at risk. To me this medal should be giving to people that make a difference in our community not because they can sing he has not done anything to deserve this recognition

    and for what he is wearing i dont think that is the issue i think its that fact that he has done noting to warranty this medal

  38. Rico Laidler | November 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

    They gave the medal to 2 federal inmates in a maximum security Prison(Kent), and the warden…Kinda takes away the shine when you see JB in his farmer attire, and then find out the powers toi be give it to inmates in a max..what is goin on..

  39. M. Jones | November 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Seriously? How could you post that inane comment after reading Al’s eloquent post above you? You discredit the seriousness of bullying with your statement. Bieber can afford to dress in something more fitting for this solemn occasion. Proves money can not buy class.

  40. M. Jones | November 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Mrs. Bieber, no matter how much money your son has made, tell me you can look at that photo and feel pride.
    Fame is a terrible thing to foist on a child. His life despite all of its opulence is ruined.

  41. Al | November 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    You misunderstand, it is not “just what is seen as the social norm.”

    Let’s use words. There are certain words that were once used to refer to people of other races. They are no longer used. Why do you believe that is? It is because they are now OFFENSIVE. If one were to use such words regardless of whether or not they knew it to be offensive to those of other races would it be any less so? The answer, Carla, is no (I didn’t expect you to come to that one on your own.) The expectation is that the transgressor would either be educated, chastised, or both. But no one would make an argument that the choice of words was irrelevant. And this despite the fact that once upon a time some of these offensive words were part of our vernacular.

    The use of certain derogatory words or the clothing we wear for particular events is more than just what is seen as social norms. Our comportment towards others is in fact the issue. And it is the issue that is being addressed concerning Justin Bieber’s choice of clothing.

    As to what poverty stricken people might wear. Even they make an effort. They may not have the finest clothing or the most desired labels, but however outdated or outclassed most make some form of effort to dress for an occasion. The fact is that this has nothing to do with income or the lack thereof.

  42. Ricardo Suave | November 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Pathetic,, truly pathetic. When i was a kid there was no way in the world my mother would have allowed me to go to a formal event dressed like a fool. People have lost theri abliliy to dress for the occasion.
    I was watching an old episode of the Brady Bunch the other night. How times have changed. It was just a birthday party but the boys were wearing suits and the girls nice dresses. I thought back to a birthday party i attended,, and yes, i was 16 at the time, and dressed for the occassion. Now a party has guys wearing pants around their ankles and tank tops, and the girls wearing pygama bottoms and slippers with cutoff t-shirts.

  43. Martha | November 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Justin has manners, because I have heard him speak. This was bad judgement. He is very young and his attire proved it. But where the hell were his parent’s. I guess class is something money can’t buy. Hopefully he will develope some in the coming years and be horrified by how he dressed for this occasion.

  44. Jimmy V | November 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Heather, so you are the same boat like this idiot. OK then, good for you, I let you be who you want to be.

  45. Jimmy V | November 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Well said Frankie.

  46. Terry | November 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Kid or not, Justin Bieber has shown disrespect, lack of manners and courtesy. No matter your political bent, it was the Prime Minister presenting him with a very prestigious award that any Canadian would be proud to receive. And, dare I say, there are everyday Canadians who have done a helluva lot more for neighbours, community and Canada than Mr. Beiber has done.
    Ms. Bieber, I admired you raising a child on your own, but you bungled this one.
    My American Granddaughters were shocked at his attire. Especially the hat. Their brothers and cousins take the hats off at the door and have been doing so since they could walk.
    I’m disappointed and, yes, embarrassed. Especially when the headlines shout about your breakup with ‘whatshername’. My good grief, you’re not 20 yet. Live a life and grow up.

  47. Sue | November 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    No. He meant his closing choice – topping it off with that ridiculaous-looking hat

  48. J | November 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Don’t get me wrong I am not supporting jb at all I think he’s an idiot, but what have the royals or PM done that actually commands any respect from anyone ?

  49. Bob | November 29, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Is anyone aware of how much money Justin Beiber has donated to charities?? He has supported such charities as Childrens Miracle Network, City of Hope, Food Bank for New York City, Red Cross Pencils of Promise, Cure Duchenne and many many more!!! He has donated hundreds of thousands of his money and much of it to Canada!!! If he was working/performing while he was presented with this medal, who cares what he was wearing… THAT is HIS uniform and it works for him and in turn for our country. The suit that the prime minister wore probably comes out of our taxpayers money!! While he is spending thousands on using our military aircraft to fly our politicians around to their vacation or fishing spots ( remeber MacKay), is he dropping donations out of the sky to our people in need? I think not. I am not a fan of Justin Beiber myself being near 50, but really…this kid deserves a medal for what he is doing. The fact that the prime minister is held in high regard and able to present this medal is what po’s me. Maybe he should present something to Canadas veterans who are forgotten and who have had all of their resources cut back. Do many Canadians know that some of out WW11 vets and ex Afghanistan vets are going to food banks and are getting little or no support?? No Jubilee medals for most of them. Well done Mr Harper, give yourself a medal for that one! I, being military myself, would feel queezey having to wear my uniform shaking your hand, knowing you let us fly around in 100 year old sea kings and used up submarines. I did get the Queens Jubilee medal myself, but thinking back to long hot days in Afghanistan watching a few of my buddies being taken away in caskets, I even feel non-deserving. Oh and by the way, I have never met a military member who is a politicians son or daughter. Funny about that. Having said that, a few weeks ago, a military member I know, who has never been overseas, has never done much field work, and who has been in the military for 5 years but on maternity for 3 of those….was given the Queens Jubilee Medal as well. Congratulations to Justin Beiber. Maybe you folks should research who exactly is contributing to your wonderful country and the criteria for getting this medal. Stop worrying about what people are wearing!! A book cannot be judged by its cover!!!

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