Justin Bieber's 'German' gaffe goes viral

Last updated 12:44 06/05/2010
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A clip of Justin Bieber failing to understand a New Zealand television interviewer's pronounciation of the word "German" - believing he had instead said "Jewman" - has gone viral.

Bieber, who was here last week for a one-day promotional visit, was being interviewed by C4 Select Live host Drew Neemia and stumbled on the question: "Bieber is German for basketball. True or False?"

"German? I don't know what that means ... we don't say that in America," Bieber said, failing to understand Neemia's pronounciation of the word.

The clip, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times and posted on news sites including TV3 and the Huffinigton Post, led some commentators to quip that Bieber didn't know what Germany was.

But in a fired-up series of Twitter messages, Bieber said he couldn't understand Neemia's accent.

"Because I thought this interviewer in NZ said 'Jewman' instead of 'German' people think I don't know what German is?" he posted.

He then linked to a clip of himself counting in German and translating his own name, saying: "Do your research next time b4 making a lame attempt at hating on a 16 year old."

Bieber was also drenched in L&P during an interview with What Now, and had his hat stolen from his head when arriving at Auckland Airport.

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