Bieber booed in native Canada by football fans


Justin Bieber AP PHOTO

TORONTO — Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming during his halftime performance at Canada’s football Grey Cup, facing boos and jeers.

The Toronto crowd booed Sunday when the 18-year-old pop star’s face popped up on the JumboTron screen. They booed when a host spoke his name. And they booed as he took the stage and throughout his medley of the chart-topper “Boyfriend” and the disco-inflected “Beauty and a Beat.”

If Bieber was bothered, it didn’t show.

“Thank you so much Canada,” Bieber said. “I love you.”

Earlier in the week, Bieber was presented with a Diamond Jubilee Medal by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and caused a scene by wearing overalls, unbuttoned on one shoulder, over a white T-shirt, with a backwards baseball cap.

There was sufficient uproar that Harper even weighed in on Twitter.

“In fairness to (Bieber),” Harper tweeted Sunday, “I told him I would be wearing my overalls too.”

The Canadian Football League may have been hoping to court Bieber’s army of tween followers on Sunday. But recent Grey Cup halftime performers have skewed toward the comparatively heavy likes of Nickelback and Lenny Kravitz.

“J-Biebs doesn’t scream football, you know? Neither does Carly Rae Jepsen,” said Calgary’s Ryan Prisque, 22.

The 27-year-old Jepsen also received a mixed reaction at first Sunday but won the crowd over during an enthusiastic medley of her latest single, “This Kiss,” and her infectious hit “Call Me Maybe.”

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Wrong entertainer for different crowd and venue(football with most of the crowds are not into Bieber’s kind of music)!

    • alfred sanchez

       i agree, but Justin biever is still a great artist for teens and children

      • kalikasanipagtanggol

        They should’ve invited blue rodeo, bryan adams, celine dion or any rock group that could pump up the crowd’s mood!…..Yeah! my teenage kids are crazy about him(the beaver)…

      • Noel

        Even Journey would have been better.

    • GProf007

      Yup. Whoever thought of inviting Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen might need to review their target market. They might be chart-toppers… but they are singing / performing to the wrong crowd.

      You can’t simply get anyone to sing (just for drawing power) since the primary reason these people watched football is not for the half-time show… but for the sport itself.

      • Noel

        Basic marketing.  Wrong target market.  The organizers should be penalized for this.  Huge talent fees were paid for nothing.

      • Jao Romero

        Carly is hot. so she fits right in.

  • Noel

    He was in the wrong place.  Football is not for young giggling teen fans.

  • Simon Ward

    I’m guessing it was the backwards baseball cap with Harper that ticked people off. It’s generally accepted among adult Westerners that you remove your headgear when in company, and for a kid to wear a baseball cap backwards in adult company is a sign of arrogance and disrespect.

  • epenaper

    I never liked that kid. I remember the time he was caught on camera slapping the notebook off the hands a young Filipina’s Father on which he wanted Beiber to sign for his daughter.

  • Troy Gonzales

    seing the downfall of the biebs.

  • julymorning


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