Pop sensation Justin Bieber lands himself in hot water after he appeared to goose-step while making a Nazi salute.
Bieber, 28, was performing yesterday in front of 20,000 fans at a concert in Helsinki, Finland, when he made the gesture, drawing condemnation from European Jewish bodies.
“The famous singer slapped the faces of millions of Jews across the world when he chose to perform the ‘sieg heil’ movement that symbolizes identification with Nazi party values,” says Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Council of European Rabbis.
Justin Bieber, who's apparently still a thing, decided to goose-step and do a sieg Heil at a concert in Finland yesterday.
The Conference of European Rabbis denounced his actions and demands an explanation.
Will he repeat the performance when he comes to Israel this fall? pic.twitter.com/CtIoIgZl7T
— Judah Ari Gross (@JudahAriGross) August 10, 2022
The singer is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on October 13. Goldschmidt calls on the Israeli government to cancel the performance in response to Bieber’s “disgraceful” act.
“It is unthinkable that a singer with tens of millions of fans and followers around the world allows himself to adopt such conduct on European soil soaked with the blood of millions of Jews and other minorities, who were brutally murdered by the Nazi oppressor,” Goldschmidt says.
Bieber has been filmed at other concerts marching in a similar way. The move, called a “stomp,” is part of an apparent in-joke between the singer and his legion of ultra-loyal fans.
The company promoting Bieber’s show in Israel says the steps had nothing to do with Nazis.
“These are dance moves…Dance moves are meant to entertain. Not everything has to do with the Jewish people, with all the love we have for ourselves,” a representative of Nidar Oz Communications says.