Justin Bieber: What Not to Wear — Compare-and-Contrast Edition

by Cranky B. Pants on 24 November 2012 · 38 comments

Justin Bieber met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper this past Friday. He dressed in a white t-shirt with overalls, one shoulder unbuttoned, naturally, and cap turned around. You know, ’cuz that’s the respectful way to wear your cap when you meet the PM of the country you’re from, and when you receive a medal of honour, such as the Diamond Jubilee, for making a significant contribution to your community, province or country.

Beliebers will probably tell you that the outfit is one Bieber wears on stage so he didn’t have time to change. Because pop stars never work a quick-change. Madonna doesn’t change her whole outfit and makeup in three minutes, so obviously Biebs couldn’t throw on a suit with that tee, Miami Vice styles.

I seem to recall that Bieber met Obama. Wonder what he wore then?

Guess we’ll never know.

Do you have thoughts?

UPDATE 25 Nov: Judging from his Twitter feed last night, Justin Bieber seems to be amused at having worn overalls to meet with his/our Prime Minister:

UPDATE 2 25 Nov: The Beautygeeks team debated today whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tweet last night should mollify us on the subject of Justin Bieber’s wardrobe choice — costume or not — for meeting with the PM and for receiving a prestigious award.

While we acknowledge the amusement factor of the PM’s tweet — and note with interest that the PM had a 30-minute drive to meet the Biebs, and that his teenage son, Ben Harper, attended the concert — in the end we feel the Prime Minister’s response is irrelevant. We still think Justin Bieber could have made a more appropriate wardrobe choice for the occasion, and changed quickly afterward for his performance. — JF

What do you think?

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Icaria 24 November 2012 at 3:50 pm

Really??? I have no words!


Kelly G. 24 November 2012 at 4:44 pm

God. He looks like the cover of that “Non Threatening Boys Magazine” that Lisa Simpson loved to read.

As a Canadian, this makes me very depressed. Like he thinks a Canadian award is adorable and doesn’t count? (Well, it was presented in a hockey arena, right? Like, there wasn’t even enough time in his schedule to go to Parliament or something. We are so lame.)


Beauty Reflections 24 November 2012 at 5:59 pm

He looks like a member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Not impressed. He dresses better to be on the Ellen show than to get an award here in Canada.
Show’s how much respect he has for his country.


Beauty Reflections 24 November 2012 at 6:00 pm

SHOWS not show’s sheesh autocorrect . :)


Kelly G. 24 November 2012 at 6:09 pm

Yes! Exactly! He dresses better to be on Ellen. ’nuff said.


Janine 24 November 2012 at 7:41 pm

Dexy’s Midnight Runners! Ahh ha ha ha!


Carly 24 November 2012 at 6:48 pm

Oh wow, that’s terrible! Show some respect, Justin! Just because he had his concert that night doesn’t mean he can’t take 5 minutes to change.


Grace 25 November 2012 at 1:25 am

Oh dear lord…this is so insulting.


Ani 25 November 2012 at 9:58 am

It just shows a lack of respect and complete immaturity – he clearly does not realize the magnitude of the honour that he is receiving. Sure, he’s from Canada… but the USA can have him.


Cranky B. Pants 25 November 2012 at 12:27 pm

At least the people who tweet for him spelled Prime Minister correctly, even if they didn’t dress him correctly!


Meg 25 November 2012 at 1:22 pm

He could at least have taken the cap off, even if he didn’t have the time to change. It’s ridiculous how disrespectful that was.


maria 25 November 2012 at 6:11 pm

For him to tweet about his wardrobe choice shows he was intentionally being irreverent. That “I’m Justin Bieber; I can get away with anything” attitude is just so gross.

Someone needs to take that kid down a notch or two.


Angela 25 November 2012 at 10:24 pm

I think the better question is why does this pop star deserve this award? The only significant contribution made to anything in this case is his bank account. And his idiotic remark in Rollingstone a few months back about how he is “Indian…Inuit or something” claiming he gets free gas was a load of ignorant/racist hooey.


Lesa 26 November 2012 at 1:39 pm
Janine 26 November 2012 at 3:06 pm

Omigod, it totally is! Amazing.

Pollyanna keeps trying to interject that the Biebs has given $$ to charities and supports some good causes, but even she can’t deny the wardrobe choice was shocking given the respect he should have shown the Prime Minister of Canada. And she has to agree — it’s not like it was a surprise visit.


valgellow 26 November 2012 at 1:51 pm

Seriously Canada….who would Justin be without the US exposure. Get over it wanna bees….I could make 1oooooo examples..leave the kid alone , yes he was born in Canada….but what have you done for his fame and $$$$$$$$$…..grow up….stop your usual….cry baby stuff…and continue to support our Canadian super star that have been made by the US media….hello!!!!!!!!


Ange 27 November 2012 at 6:27 pm

“Miami Vice styles”… love that!


Janine 29 November 2012 at 4:12 am

Cranky rules!


Billyh 28 November 2012 at 4:07 pm

That is the attitude that got us to where we are today. You are right, the overconsumption and greed of US popculture is what got Bieber to where he is today. What a great world we are on our way to living in.


Angela Bruni 14 December 2012 at 9:33 pm

Poor little Bieber. Maybe his mama should have thought twice before she put his clothes out in the morning.


sarah 3 January 2013 at 11:05 am

To be fair, Stephen Harper showed up at his concert for this photo-op during his sound check and brought the flags and all. So it’s not as if the kid planned to meet the Prime Minister in overalls.


Janine 3 January 2013 at 6:30 pm

Well, it wasn’t a surprise visit, right? A meeting with the Prime Minister takes a little planning, so Bieber knew he was coming and when. And if Madonna can do a complete costume change in three minutes, imagine how many seconds it would have taken little Biebs to throw on pants and a jacket with that tee. *shrug*


BiebssGurll 15 February 2013 at 1:50 pm

The prime minister came to Justin’s event


Jordan 17 February 2013 at 4:56 pm

o god he really doenst deserve to meet the priminister
the priminister is to good for him.
plus thats just… insulting!


AJ 12 July 2014 at 10:43 am

I’m not a Bieber fan at all – quite the opposite if I’m being honest – but people need to get over it. He’s famous and wears outrageous outfits, he’s not the only one. If the PM wants a photo op with him, surely for political reasons, than he’ll get him however Justin wants. Deal with it.


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