I'm a belieber! Norway's mega fans 'convert to Islam' for gig tickets
A Norwegian TV show known as “Anne-Kat” aired a comedy show on Tuesday depicting teenage girls allegedly “converting to Islam” for the chance to win tickets to see Justin Bieber in concert.
According to Dagen, a Norwegian news website, the show instructed the avid Justin Bieber fans, also known as “beliebers,” to remove all make-up, put on hijabs, recite what allegedly was an Islamic statement of belief in Arabic and read a piece of Arabic text aloud.
The girls were made to say, “Justin Bieber is unclean and probably gay,” reported Dagen.
Hærland, the host of Anne-Kat, said “we wanted to find out how far Norwegian ‘beliebers’ are willing to go for tickets to one of Bieber’s concerts.”
The show is broadcast on TV Norge, known in English as TV Norway.
The channel’s head of communication, Svein Tore Bergestuen, has stated that he was not involved with the production of the episode in question.
“The crew have the freedom to create a funny TV show. It is not up to us to question their judgment about what is funny and what is not.”
Halyor Northug, Bishop of the Norwegian Lutheran Church, told Dagen that the episode “testifies to Hærland’s lack of understanding of how much faith means to a lot of people.
He added that “this is an example of an idea where irony and lack of respect turns into something tragic.”