A satirical website has inspired a boycott against teen superstar Justin Bieber…
Beliebers, Be Still! A boycott of all things Justin Bieber is in full swing after a website published an article that seemed to feature the heartthrob endorsing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan.
If only that were really what The Beeb said.
In August, satirical website Celebjihad.com (Think TheOnion.com) quoted the baby pop tart throwing his rattle behind the Ground Zero Mosque in an interview with teen magazine Tiger Beat.
The proposed construction of a cultural center in lower Manhattan, just blocks from where a group of Islamic radicals took down the World Trade Center in 2001, has sparked a national debate. The proximity between the mosque and the location where thousands of civilians and public servants perished in a brazen attack on America has infuriated thousands of New Yorkers and countless others around the country.
“Muslims should be allowed to build a mosque anywhere they want. Coming from Canada, I’m not used to this level of intolerance, eh,” the site wrote in the posting of the fictional interview, where they said Bieber branded Muslims “Super Cool” and Christians “Lame-o-rama.”
“I was like seven when Sept. 11th went down, and frankly I’m surprised people are still going on about it. Move on, already!” the site added in the fabricated remarks.
Celebjihad.com confirmed that the Bieber quotes on their site were made-up, but perhaps they should have been a tad bit more diligent in getting that memo to outspoken anti-mosque activist Andy Sullivan. Sullivan is leading a band of construction workers who have vowed not to work on the site of the proposed development, and immediately called for a boycott of all Bieber music, concerts, trading cards, dolls, bobble heads, and other JB related items after learning of “Justin’s” comments.
“My little girl took down his poster and said she didn’t want to have nothing to do with him anymore. These are my kids. They’re living this thing.”
One of Sullivan’s associates has set up a Facebook page to spread news of the boycott of Bieber and several other pro-mosque celebrities.
Celebjihad, which features a bright, shiny disclaimer confirming that it is satire website, still can’t believe that anyone would actually swear by its faux scoop.
“[T]he fact that some people take it seriously is hilariously depressing,” a rep for the website said in a statement to Salon.com this week.