Canadians Boo Justin Bieber During Football Half-Time Performance
TORONTO – Justin Bieber received a hostile homecoming on the weekend.
The Canadian pop phenom was booed Sunday night when performing during the half-time show at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto, the Canadian Press newswire service reported.
The snub for Bieber, who grew up in nearby Stratford, Ontario, followed criticism when he wore overalls when receiving the British Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal from Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper.
"It's an honor to be here at the Grey Cup in Canada," Bieber told the capacity Rogers Center crowd of mostly older football fans-turned-boo birds, not the adoring teen girls he usually performs for.
The Canadian teen idol and fellow performer Carly Rae Jepsen were twice greeted with audible derision when their images were projected onto the Rogers Center jumbotron during the first half of the game, according to press reports.
If he heard the heckling, Bieber didn’t show it, as he came off stage to tweet “honored to perform for my country. #ProudCanadian. Good luck in the second half. thanks,” after performing a medley of songs that included "Boyfriend" and "Beauty and a Beat."
It didn’t help Bieber’s cause that his Grey Cup appearance was preceded by earlier this weekend accepting his career achievement away from the prime minister without dressing in formal attire.
"I met the Prime Minister in overalls lol,” he tweeted, accompanied by an instagram photo of himself alongside Harper.
Local press coverage recalled Bieber dressing in a white tuxedo with black lapel when he performed for U.S. president Barack Obama at the White House a year ago.
Harper, making light of the medal-giving, and criticism of Bieber’s dress, added on his own Twitter account: “In fairness to Justin Bieber, I told him I would be wearing my overalls too.”