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Bieber booed by Canadian sports fans

Plus, Two and a Half Men star blasts the show, Simon Cowell falls victim to a crime prank and much more.

Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming during his halftime performance at a Canadian football game. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press / AP Photo.
Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming during his halftime performance at a Canadian football game. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press / AP Photo.

Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming during his halftime performance at a Canadian football game. The crowd at the Grey Cup match in Toronto booed loudly when the 18-year-old pop star's face appeared on the giant screen and then booed as he performed a medley of his hits. Earlier in the week, he had also received a dose of criticism for his choice of clothing when he met the Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper to receive a Diamond Jubilee Medal. Bieber attended the ceremony wearing dungarees, unbuttoned on one shoulder, over a white T-shirt with a backwards baseball cap. Harper weighed in on Twitter to calm the furore. "In fairness to [Bieber]," Harper tweeted, "I told him I would be wearing my overalls too." * National staff

Two and a Half Man star blasts show

An actor on Two and a Half Men has lashed out at his own hit US television show, urging viewers to stop "filling your head with filth," after apparently undergoing a religious revelation. The 19-year-old actor Angus T Jones, who plays the character Jake in the show starring Ashton Kutcher, made the comments in a clip recorded in his production trailer. "If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I'm on Two and a Half Men, and I don't want to be on it," he said in a video posted by the Forerunner Christian Church on YouTube. * AFP

'Cultural Ambassador of Partying' has Bahrain trip cancelled

The US State Department has denied that it was sponsoring the rock star behind such tunes as Party Til You Puke to represent the US in Bahrain. The musician, DJ, motivational speaker and self-styled King of Partying Andrew WK had earlier said he had been invited to the Gulf state as a US "cultural ambassador". But the State Department backed away from the claims, saying there had been a misunderstanding and that WK's visit was "not an appropriate use of US government funds". * AFP

Simon Cowell falls victim to crime prank

The TV talent show guru Simon Cowell is the latest victim of a string of so-called "swatting" hoaxes in Los Angeles, in which police are called to celebrities' homes by false reports of crimes. Officers rushed to his home following a telephone report that someone in the house had been tied up with duct tape, said a Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman, adding that when they got there, Cowell was present but reported no disturbance. Other victims of the "swatting" wave - so called because SWAT teams are deployed - have included Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. * AFP

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