By Scott T. Sterling
He’s been called many names (and not all of them complimentary), but for controversial Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, the name he’s called almost as much as his own is far and away “Justin Beiber.”
It’s an honest mistake that’s befallen many, including no less than one of the world’s most reputable news sources, the New York Times.
Today (June 10), the Times mistakenly coined Justin Bieber as “Beiber” in a news report chronicling a recent Hillary Clinton book signing at a Barnes & Nobles store in New York’s Union Square.
The misnomer appeared in the story’s very last line, as the writer was relating the enormous crowd that showed up to get Mrs. Clinton’s signature on her new memoir, Hard Choices, to other book-signing celebs who’d appeared at the store.
“A Barnes & Noble spokeswoman said the crowd’s size was not particularly unusual,” read the copy. “Mr. Clinton, the actor James Franco and Suzanne Collins, the author of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, received similar welcomes. The Jonas Brothers and Justin Beiber got bigger crowds.”
The paper was quick to issue a correction, much to the bemusement of readers on Twitter.
I rather enjoy that a NYT article about Hillary Clinton required a correction regarding the spelling of Justin Bieber (not Beiber).—
BRK (@WeirdOldManK) June 10, 2014
Judith Gonda (@JudithGonda) June 10, 2014
“As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” Bieber wrote on Twitter to apologize for the remarks. “I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”
In the statement he also writes, “I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again.”