Justin Bieber Is Being Praised For His Incredible Response To A “Bitter” Reporter In A Resurfaced Clip From 2009

It’s safe to say that Justin got the last laugh.

A resurfaced interview clip from 14 years ago is prompting people to reflect on the early days of Justin Bieber’s career.

Close-up of Justin

For context, although he was discovered in 2008 via YouTube by Scooter Braun, it was the following year that truly marked the start of Justin’s rise to superstardom.

Close-up of Justin as a teen

In 2009, he released his debut single, “One Time,” and an EP called My World, which featured hit songs like “One Less Lonely Girl” and “Favorite Girl.” The EP debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard charts, with four of the seven tracks making it onto the Top 100.

Close-up of Justin as a teen singing and playing guitar

By the end of that year, Justin was known across the world and had firmly established himself as a rising star of his generation — and the rest is history.

Close-up of Justin as a teen performing

However, a resurfaced clip from that time shows that he still had his doubters.

Close-up of Justin as a teen giving the peace sign on a talk show

In 2009, Canadian TV network CTV sat down with a then-15-year-old Justin to talk about his wild rise to fame, going from a small town in Ontario to the world stage.

Close-up of Justin walking down a hallway with an interviewer

In the special, Justin was interviewed by journalist Sandie Rinaldo, who grilled him on his journey to superstardom, asking him to explain why he, specifically, had found such success.

Close-up of Justin sitting opposite an interviewer

“I think that as a 15-year-old kid, I’m able to … not a lot of kids are able to play as many instruments as I play,” he says in the resurfaced clip, crediting his diverse musical skills and ability to play the drums, piano, guitar, and trumpet. “I’m not trying to be cocky or anything, but I’m able to sing and write music.”

Close-up of Justin from the video

Seemingly disregarding Justin’s explanation, Sandie responds by raising the argument that his success is purely down to marketing.

Close-up of Justin as a teen

“Critics will say that you are basically a product of marketing, that when it comes down to it, it’s all the YouTube hype, it’s all the attention you get online,” she says as Justin politely nods. “Do you see yourself as a product of marketing hype?”

Close-up of the interviewer Sandie

In turn, Justin recounts how his YouTube videos garnered the attention of Scooter and subsequently Usher, noting that “everything happened organically” and his rise “wasn’t something that the record label was pushing.”

Close-up of Justin from the video

“It basically happened because my fans liked me,” he says before adding that he felt his small town beginnings also contributed to his global appeal.

Close-up of Justin as a teen at a media event

“I think that coming from Stratford, Ontario … it basically gave others hope because I come from basically somewhere that nothing really comes from there … like, nobody’s ever come out of Stratford, Ontario, and been ... famous,” he explains.

Close-up of Justin as a teen signing autographs for fans

However, midway through his sentence, the reporter interjects and tells Justin that he is wrong, noting that news anchor Lloyd Robertson is also from Stratford.

Close-up of Justin and the interviewer sitting across from each other

In response, Justin politely claps back and reiterates that his point was in reference to “worldwide” levels of fame, implying that Lloyd doesn’t qualify.

Close-up of Justin as a teen in denim and his hair in an updo

Initially, Sandie refuses to agree that he is correct, telling Justin “it’s hard to say” whether he’s right in suggesting that Lloyd’s degree of celebrity isn't comparable to his.

Close-up of the interviewer

In response to her reluctance, Justin doubles down and puts his claim to the test, asking whether she thinks Lloyd would be known in “a little town in Germany,” to which Sandie says, “Probably not, because he anchors the national news in Canada.”

Close-up of Justin in the video

Finally she admits defeat and comes to partially acknowledge Justin’s valid argument: “So you’re saying you’ve got international appeal — that’s the point you’re making?”

Close-up of Sandie

In reply, Justin grins and says, “Yes, ma’am.”

Close-up of Justin grinning in the video

Now, amid a viral trend in which X users share celebrity interview clips that live “rent free” in their minds, the video of Justin’s clapback has gained a lot of attention over the weekend, amassing nearly 24 million views on a single post.

the way 15 year old justin bieber politely ate her up 😭pic.twitter.com/4yNq6xZGYG https://t.co/eNxhRXSwtY

— KAI (@ended_everyone) October 21, 2023
CTV / CTV News

In response to the resurfaced interview, fans have criticized Sandie’s condescending tone and attempts to seemingly humble Justin — who was a literal child at the time.

Close-up of Justin as a teen performing onstage

“She…why was she talking to a child like this?” someone wrote in response, echoed by others who described her approach to the interview as “hostile” and “weird.”

Twitter: @22dbrit

“Right. This grown woman is so weird for this. Why is she speaking to a child like this?” added someone else, highlighting that Justin was an “international superstar” at the time. “No one cared about some local reporter who came from Canada. 😭😭”


Elsewhere, others said Sandie was acting out of “jealousy,” accusing her of being “bitter” and “pressing a then 15 year old kid for coming up in the industry.”

Twitter: @banafsheh_esma

Interestingly, the clip also raised comments about the “nasty” way Justin was treated by the media more generally in the early years of his career.

Close-up of Justin as a teen

“no cuz he really went through so much as a kid in the industry and on top of that being bullied by everyone [completely] breaks my heart....,” someone wrote, garnering more than 14,000 likes.

Twitter: @ended_everyone

However, the main response to the resurfaced interview was praise for Justin’s measured response to the journalist as he stood his ground, with the original post saying that he “politely ate her up.”

Close-up of Justin as a teen on a talk show

“Bro was mature early in his mind,” someone said, as others hailed his “wildly articulate” response for a teen.

Twitter: @discourseloverr

“the ‘yes ma'am’ he KNEW he ate,” added another.

Twitter: @shaelynavalon

Well, more than 14 years on, I think it’s safe to say that Justin proved his point.

Close-up of Justin smiling as an adult

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