Justin Bieber Caught in Ground Zero Mosque Hoax
Foes launch boycott over fake interview
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Justin Bieber attends the Z100 Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 10.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – These things happen when you're a teen idol in the Internet age: After the satirical site Celebjihad ran a fake story saying Justin Bieber thinks those opposed to a Ground Zero mosque are bigots, the tale began spreading like wild on the web. Foes started a boycott Bieber page on Facebook, and one of the most vocal opponents of the mosque began giving interviews about how his own kids are forbidden to listen to Bieber's music. Salon uncovered the whole mess when it went searching for the original interview, supposedly in Tiger Beat.

When it didn't turn up, reporter Justin Elliott contacted the proprietor of Celebjihad, who confirmed the hoax. "That some people take it seriously is hilariously depressing," he said. Sample quotes from the Bieber "interview": “Coming from Canada, I’m not used to this level of intolerance, eh.” And: “I was like seven when September 11th went down, and frankly I’m surprised people are still going on about it. Move on, already!” Click here for more.

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Adam Luebke
Jan 1, 2011 10:57 PM CST
CelebJihad really stuck it to the 9/11 Hard Hat Pledgers! Great job! I added to the story: http://tinyurl.com/243zmp5
Jan 1, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Sounds like somebody caught Bieber-fever
Dec 31, 2010 12:57 AM CST
I wish these little Hanoi Jane's would stay in California. He is a snot nosed little twerp trying to stir up something...asserting his ignorance and creating a little steam to bring himself some attention...pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, or the ass in the diaper.