Popstar Justin Bieber is in hot water after he was accused of goose-stepping while performing the seig heil Hitler salute during a recent concert.
A viral video of the singer’s performance in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday, was condemned by a prominent Jewish rabbi as a slap in “the faces of millions of Jews across the world,” for Bieber’s use of a “movement that symbolizes identification with Nazi party values,” while on dancing on stage.
“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,” criticized Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference 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 “Sorry” singer is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on October 13, and the concert’s Israeli promoters came to Bieber’s defense.
“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,” said a spokesperson at Nidar Oz Communications.
Prior to the controversy, the “Stay” singer took time out to condemn racism during his Sunday show in Norway.
“When we created the Justice album, we wanted to make an intentional moment,” Bieber told the crowd. “A moment of unity, a moment of acceptance, a moment of belonging. In this world, there’s a lot of division, and what justice is, is for us to all come together.
“We know that racism is evil,” he continued. “It’s wrong. But you and I, we get to be the difference-makers. We get to be the ones to stand with our brothers and sisters and make a change,” he concluded.