By Daniel Shane
TV stunt sees female fans wear hijabs and recite Islamic phrases to win concert tickets
Fans of Justin Bieber were made to ‘convert to Islam’ on live television to win tickets to one of the singer’s upcoming gigs, it has been reported.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the stunt on network TV Norge involved females removing their make-up, donning a hijab and reciting an Arabic statement of Islamic belief.
The article did not specify which of the Canadian pop star’s concerts contestants were seeking to win tickets for, although Bieber is set to perform in Dubai on May 5.
A news website in Norway also reported that fans were also made to recite the phrase “Justin Bieber is unclean and probably gay” on live television as part of the ritual.
Anne-Katrine Hegna Haarland, who presents the ‘Anne-Kat’ show in which the incident took place, said: “We wanted to find out how far Norwegian ‘Beliebers’ are willing to go for tickets to one of Bieber’s concerts.”
The television stunt is the second controversy in less than a week involving Bieber. Earlier this month, he faced accusations of insensitivity after leaving a tasteless message in a guestbook while visiting Anne Frank’s former home in Amsterdam.
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber,” the 19-year old reportedly wrote.
I fully support freedom of speech, but making a mockery of a religion is insulting and ba taste. Religious conversion and commitment are serious issues and out of decency and respect should not be the subject of TV stunts.
Very good. Let's have a Mohammad Ahmad from Arabia turned into a 13 year-old international teenage pop artist sensation and we'll then have one fan after another converting...
...By the way, I was just being cynical.
This is just a total insult to Muslims having insincere conversion like that, it is a real ridiculous thing. I'm not sure who was behind it but it is clear Justin is losing his way.
I agree with the comments above. This is total disrespect on the part of the TV station. I have said it before and will say it again. I have nothing personally against Mr. Beiber but he is getting way more attention than he is worth.
In one word: cheap