Does Justin Bieber need to repeat Geography 101 in summer school? In a recent interview he referred to Indonesia as "some random country." And not only that. He went on to disparage the competence of the people he worked with there. What will his Indonesian beliebers say?
At an event in London where he's busy promoting "Boyfriend," the Teen Dream seriously dissed the southeast Asian country of Indonesia by commenting that he recorded one of his tracks "in some random country." Obviously better informed than the Biebs, Scooter Braun intervened, informing him that the name of the country was Indonesia. But for some reason JB ignored his manager's attempts to help him extricate his foot from his mouth.
"I recorded it in a studio," Justin continued. "Some little place. They didn't know what they were doing."
Ouch. Golly, JB, why did you sugar coat it? You could have been honest about the way you felt.
Seriously, Justin Bieber has a large Indonesian fan base including "Twitter accounts like Bieber Indonesia and Facebook accounts" dedicated to the "Baby" singer. While these sites remain supportive of their deity, messages are appearing on other social media sites evincing shock and anger over the pop star's arrogant and disrespectful utterances. After all, their "random country," Indonesia is "arguably Asia's most exciting market." It is also the largest Muslim country in the world.
What a revolting development this might turn out to be. Last year on his My World Tour, Justin Bieber angered the Israeli Prime Minister by cancelling a meeting with underprivileged children from Gaza. That "international incident" was eventually forgotten. Hopefully for Biebs' sake this Indonesian diss goes the same way.
Note to Scooter Braun: Get that boy a World Atlas.
Â© Hope Carson 2012