The pop superstar, 19, donned blue-and-white-striped overalls, a white T-shirt, a backwards baseball cap, and yellow sneakers on Friday to accept the Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honors significant achievements by Canadians. Many Twitter commenters viewed Bieber's choice of attire as disrespectful. Comments ranged from the incredulous ("Justin Bieber Seriously Wore Overalls To Meet The Canadian Prime Minister") to the outraged ("Justin Bieber met the Prime Minster in Overalls and a ball cap, such trash, learn some respect kid"). Another Twitter user suggested that Bieber fire his stylist.
Bieber responded to overalls-gate on his Instagram account. "The pic of me and the Prime Minister was taken in a room in the arena where i was performing at that day. I walked straight from my meet and greet to him, if you... expect me to have a change of clothes let a loan [sic] a suit at that specific time that's crazy, It wasn't like it was like I was going into his environment we were at a hockey arena. Wow am i ever white trash."
Prime Minister Harper seemed amused by the controversy. On Sunday, he tweeted, "In fairness to [Bieber]... I told him I would be wearing my overalls too."
But Bieber's bad weekend didn't end there. The 19-year-old was booed while performing during halftime at Canada's football Grey Cup. It was unclear if the jeering was in response to Bieber's ill-advised overalls or just because the crowd just wasn't in the mood to hear "Boyfriend" again.