TMZ: Justin Bieber Turned Down $5M To Perform At RNC, Was Told He Couldn’t Insult Trump Or GOP

TMZ reports:

Justin Bieber got a $5 million offer to perform at a Republican event during the GOP Convention, but turned it down after his manager considered quitting and LeBron James urged him to reject it … sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with CAA — the talent agency which reps Bieber and received the offer — tell us a promoter contacted Justin’s people with the offer, saying he would perform for 45 minutes at a venue near Quicken Loans Arena, where the RNC was held.

We’re told the promoter assured Justin’s people the event was “not political” and Justin would not be endorsing Trump or any GOP policies.

According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors. The money was to be paid “up front” — before Justin even arrived. The donors would also cover production expenses.

Bieber’s manager, reportedly a Hillary supporter, suggested that if Bieber were to agree to perform, the stage should be adorned with Black Lives Matter banners. The donors rejected that, but said All Lives Matter banners would be allowed. They also stipulated that Bieber could not disparage Trump or the GOP during the show.

  • JT

    So, the bubblehead had to be “persuaded” to turn it down?

    • Wonder how fast Elton John would have hopped on that.

      • LackofFaithify

        We will need to borrow the Large Hadron Collider to measure something like that

        • Joseph Miceli


          • LackofFaithify

            the best kind of ‘gasm!

  • Paula

    Is this from The Onion? I figured that he had zero scruples.

    • pj

      he pays people to have scruples for him

    • JT

      Maybe he was scared off by fan mail from Milo saying he would be open for business.

    • EdmondWherever

      Well, he did have a bathtub baptism. I think that comes with one free scruple.


      If this story is true, young Justin has just redeemed himself in my eyes.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Well, his agent did tell him it was his decision to make and that if he chose to do the gig they would drop him as a client. Stil, his decision.

  • AtticusP

    Meh. They never would have paid him anyway.

    • Gustav2

      Because of Trump’s reputation, they had to offer to pay up front. heh

      • AtticusP

        Smart thinking on their part.

  • LackofFaithify

    Justin Bieber: In fact not a whore, turns down $5million dollar offer to do Trump.

    • Reality.Bites

      And you know it’s the principle, not the money, because he also turned down $50 to do me.

  • JoeMyGod

    We could have at least had fun about an immigrant performing for Trump.

    • Jeffrey

      They had to ask my husband’s boss, Sheldon Adelson, to cover the six million dollar shortfall and they were going to give most of it to Bieber? Bulllshit.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        It was an RNC-adjacent event. “Donors” were probably a corporate sponsor.

        The RIAA sponsored a Third Eye Blind concert, RNC-adjacent, for charity. They did not pre-agree to be gagged and pissed off a lot of people by saying between songs that they like science and equal rights, and not playing any hits.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        I dont get it Jeffrey.
        You live in vegas? Your hubby works for that mummy out of wraps, adelson?

        • Jeffrey

          Yes, indeed.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            ah so cool!
            we are practically neighbors. My hubby and I live down in LA but before that we lived up in Apple Valley, CA 92307 off the 15, a three hour drive to sin city.
            we still own the house up in apple valley

          • Jeffrey

            I drive through Apple Valley frequently on my way to LA. Don’t know much about it, but seems nice.

          • Jacks Laptops Atx

            Used to drive up to Ft. Irwin for Nat. Guard weekends back when I lived in San Diego. It was nice to see Apple Valley on the way back after a weekend in the sand.

    • coram nobis

      He could always have performed this old hit.

    • Bruno

      Could’ve done that during Melania’s speech.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Are you referring to Michelle Obama’s speech?

        • Bruno

          Thatta one.

      • Reality.Bites

        Pretty sure Bieber gives a better performance. And he writes his own lyrics.

        (I think. I assume. What the hell, it’s a good line)

        • ChrisMorley

          Also he would have charmed those homophobes with his deep sagging style.

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    • Raising_Rlyeh

      I don’t think he’s an immigrant though, is he? I thought he was only a Canadian citizen.

  • kevway

    Kind of like…his manager said he would quit if he did.
    So he didn’t.We’re told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn’t continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool.”
    So he didn’t.

  • BrandySpears

    Should have called Elton John. He would have taken the money.

  • barrixines
  • Pollos Hermanos

    Ellen would have killed him.

  • bkmn

    Trump has the best people (that appeal to tone-deaf toddlers).

  • Perhaps the GOP will one day learn that not everyone is for sale. Donald should know however that I would support deporting Bieber back to Canada.

  • greenmanTN

    Now normally I have nothing nice to say about Bieber, but at least he didn’t get involved in the GOP shit storm!

    • FelineMama

      I might have to change my opinion about “The Biebs”. MIGHT………

  • james_from_cambridge
    • LackofFaithify
      • james_from_cambridge

        I hate that I want him after seeing those pics and his full frontals. I hate being attracted to people I wanna punch in the face.

        • Belthazar


        • Jeffrey

          Because that upfront was a lot more than we expected!

        • doninkansas

          that is why ball gags and zippered leather masks were invented.

        • Prixator

          He was a nice boy 10 years ago (he and his mom at Toronto Pride ’06)…

    • MB

      Mmm, mmmm, mmmmmm.

    • JT

      That’s not his.

      • coram nobis

        No, according to that his name is “Calvin Klein.”

      • james_from_cambridge

        Which one? Check out the tats, they’re both him. Don’t make me prove it by showing more nudes, dammit!

        • JT

          Not if you don’t want to.

          • james_from_cambridge
          • LackofFaithify

            Ohh, damn….stupid, umm, unscheduled meeting, umm, just came up. Gotta go, see you guys in, ohh, 30 seconds!

          • Jason

            I still want to know who the creepy guy is just sitting on the couch and watching…and how I get that job.

          • LackofFaithify

            Yeah…I don’t ever plan on quitting this gig, so scram!

          • james_from_cambridge

            it’s a girl.

          • Jason

            All the times I zoomed in, I guess I never zoomed in on the creeper.

          • delk

            Speaking of creepy. They just caught this guy. (stupid auto-radio plays so lower volume) Very fucking creepy.


          • Mark


          • james_from_cambridge

            He’s pretty hung. Or semi-erect.

          • Reality.Bites

            He’s at the beach. That could be shrinkage.

          • JT

            Didn’t his father joke about how big it was?

          • Six Pins Delores

            Trump lineage?

          • Six Pins Delores

            Thats a lotta…ahem

          • Six Pins Delores

            And as if anyone forced you…😀

          • FelineMama

            OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            He does NOT sun bathe nude alot!

      • MB
        • james_from_cambridge

          Google it yourself. The paparazzi took nudes of him while he was on some island, getting everything but then he started releasing butt shots of himself after. He wants everyone to look and we should be oblige.

        • Sometime you get a reversed image.

        • coram nobis

          Wow. On top of everything else in this election and we now have an arms race.

    • coram nobis

      Anything tattooed back there yet?

    • Corsair Tact

      What was it that Mrs. Simpson, later the Duchess of Windsor, said? “You can never be too thin or too rich.”

      • Quipster

        But in her case, one could be too ugly. That face was twenty miles of bad road.

        • Corsair Tact

          A new book on Edward VIII is out and I heard the author talking about how David (aka the once King) was basically a sub to his Duchess. The author even suggested that, had he remained King, he would have been easily swayed by Hitler.

    • another_steve

      I so want a boy toy of my own.

      Surely I’ve done some good in the world, and deserve one.

      • Jeffrey
        • another_steve

          I’m absolutely positive that these two things are coming, say, no later than 50 years from today: a medical way to reactivate hair follicles and regrow hair on the human head (ending baldness for those who don’t want to be bald), and 100 percent lifelike sex automatons that are indistinguishable from flesh and blood humans.

          Imagine, if you will, the worldwide market for either.

          The first person to get the patent on either will become the wealthiest human being who has ever lived.

    • ChrisMorley

      So much for the haters to relish.

    • Jeffrey

      He makes me feel like a dirty old man, FAR beyond my time. I know he’s a jerk, but I’d eat it raw and not care.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Unfortunate, the tatz

  • Joseph Miceli

    Never been a fan of the Biebs, but I’m liking him a lot better lately.

  • Jeffrey

    So he’s not just another pretty face

    • Bruno

      Well, sounds to me like he really had to be convinced. $5 million is a lot of money and it sounds like he was willing to do it. Which would’ve been extremely dumb.

    • coram nobis

      Well, that answers one question about the tattoos, anyway.

    • james_from_cambridge

      I posted the same thing…great minds, wallow in the gutter together!

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    I hate to say it but even republicans don’t deserve to suffer that kind of pain.

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      Naw….never mind. They do.

  • skyweaver

    What average GOP delegate likes Justin Bieber for pete’s sake?

    • AtticusP

      Their granddaughters maybe…

      • LackofFaithify

        Please step away from Mr. Trump’s next wife

    • greenmanTN

      Well if they like shallow and tone-deaf Donald Trump…

    • barrixines

      There’s thousands of them who’d hire him as a baggage handler.

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      The ones that spent as much time on Grindr trolling for twinks as they spent inside the Quicken Arena.

    • Sean Williams

      What average GOP likes young hairless twinks?

      I’d imagine quite a few.

    • They probably want to become more mainstream and step away from how people view them as being the ultra right wing national front Nazi party of the US.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Dangerous approaching to the point of no return.

  • Very pleased he made this decision. With the anti-gay and anti-religious policies the GOP are pushing this wouldn’t have been a wise business decision for him.

    • greenmanTN

      Not to mention racist, since the Biebs is always trying to associate himself with black artists.

  • greenmanTN

    The way his hoodie drapes in that photo looks like long black hair. At first I thought, “Is that CHER?!”

    • coram nobis

      Cher Noble.

      • ohbear1957

        Thanks for my drag name if it hasn’t been claimed already.

        • coram nobis

          Go for it. I’m sure you’ll get glowing reviews.

    • jmax

      At first glance, I thought it was Sarah Silverman.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Not generally a Bieber fan, but in this instance, Ya done Canada proud, Justin.

    • You’ll take him back now right?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I’m not Canadian. I don’t have any say in that.

        • WTR

          Would you be willing to leave him at the border? The middle of the Niagara River is lovely right now.

  • JustDucky

    “Our sources say the promoter told Scooter … LeBron James himself was also going to attend an event in Cleveland, welcoming the GOP without taking a political stand. The sources tell us Justin’s people got in touch with LeBron’s people, and they were told LeBron would actually not be in Cleveland for the convention and urged Justin not to go as well.”

  • Mister Don

    There’s seems to have been something especially appropriate about the RNC being held in an arena named for a loan broker

    • LackofFaithify

      It is the true reason they are so afraid of sharia law: can’t charge interest or fees on loans. Can I get a rim shot?

      • Canadian Observer

        Ba-dum, tish!

  • Michael Rush
  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Elton John would have done it for only 2 million….

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    The promoter for the Republican National Convention told Bieber’s agent the event was “not political.”

    Still letting that one sink in.

  • Webster

    The really, really sad thing is that somewhere, someone actually thinks that a performance by Bieber is worth $5 million…

    • Reality.Bites

      If that thought makes you sad, ponder the fact that there are actually enough of them that he can turn them down.

      His 2012-13 tour grossed 212,517,314 in 2016 dollars.

  • SunsetGay

    For $5M I would eat the rodent on Donald Trump’s head alive.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Don’t. It will attach itself to your esophagus and sprout new growths.

    • another_steve

      For $5M I would eat your excrement the day after the day you eat the rodent on Donald Trump’s head.

      • Gene


        touch to “Divine” for me…even for 5 million

        • another_steve

    • Hue-Man

      Beware the Canadian rodent, Justin Beaver.

      “The beaver is notorious around Port Alberni [B.C.] for angrily attacking
      anyone who treads foot on his territory, which some say is the entire
      riverfront area.

      Dog owner Mark Thomson said he’s been around for a while, too. Four
      years ago, Thomson’s dog Max was attacked at the same swimming area.

      “The beaver went under, grabbed Max, picked him up and then brought him back down,” he said.

      The dog was left with a bloody gash on its abdomen.”

    • thatotherjean

      Too late. I’m pretty sure it’s already dead.

  • Cuberly

    Um, what would pink white and blue hairs even make of Bieber. I mean, how many in that crowd even know who he is, let alone how many would get super-pissed at him being all provocative and such.

    Bizarre. Maybe the mysterious offer was made by Chris Barron. The same way he gets his “dates”.

    • Octavio

      You so nasty. 🙂

      • Cuberly

        lol…hell I grey/blonde and even I don’t know what to make of a Biebers.

  • Boy Elvis

    Well goddamn. I actually want to high five the little dude.

  • Rex

    At least he was mature enough to realize this was a bad idea. Trump should be so mature.

  • So Duh Beebz turned down the opportunity to do a shitty show at The Shit Show…

    …first intelligent thing he’s ever done!

  • delk

    LOL Old shellacked haired republican ladies throwing their old lady panties at him! He could make a parachute out of a half dozen.

  • Rex

    He should have done it and donated the money to the Clinton campaign.

    • Corsair Tact

      I don’t think he could have done that as a foreigner.

      • Kruhn

        Correct, the Mangled Apricot Hellbeast is in a lot of hot water due to his requests for foreign donations.

        • TuuxKabin

          Yet so little mention appears in the press.

  • Galvestonian

    I never thought that the beeb could do something right…even tho’ he needed some persuading.

  • barrykyle415

    Well, I’m sure they still had his pictures on the wall at that dreadful homocon party.

    • Traxley Launderette

      I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Well so much for looking out for the American workers they chose to hire a Canadian. I guess all the Russian singers were booked.

  • Reality.Bites

    Such a good fit for the GOP too:

    The Canadian-born Bieber never plans on becoming an American citizen. “You guys are evil,” he says with a laugh. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”

    • Bruno

      Hummm. Color me quite impressed.

      • Kruhn

        Yeah, Bieber is quite smart despite his looks and bad rap for his music. Don’t like him, but respect his talent and intelligence.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Medicare for all U.S. citizens…a disappointed Senator Sanders supporter…

  • Todd

    Instead, they got the 2 for $ 9.99 special with Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr.

    • FelineMama

      Does trumplestiltskin have a clue. OF ANYTHING GOING ON!!!!

  • Mike C

    “According to the contract, the $5 million was bankrolled by GOP donors.” Remember that the next time the GOP puts on pouty face when you accuse them of not caring for veterans or the poor.

  • Stev84

    No wonder election campaigns cost hundreds of millions these days. What a waste

  • Jeffrey
  • Bob Conti

    The Beibs’ probably worth a lot more than Hair Furor.

    • Reality.Bites

      And his penis is bigger than all ten of Trump’s fingers put together.

      • FelineMama

        OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn’t know such stuff! HARUMPH!!!!

        • Reality.Bites

          Well I wouldn’t have said it if there wasn’t already photographic evidence in this thread.

          And I don’t mean there’s photos of the fingers!

  • Ray Muñez

    This story sounds like BS. The RNC was $6 million short on its fundraising but some unnamed donors, who would not step up to fully finance the RNC itself, were supposedly ready to shell out $5 million for a one-time Justin Bieber performance? A performance for an audience that is almost entirely middle aged and older and couldn’t care less about JB? Makes no sense.

    • Traxley Launderette

      They thought:

      Bernie’s supporters are all young people;

      All young people love Justin Bieber;

      Get Justin Bieber and win over all Bernie’s supporters.


  • Hue-Man

    Had to look it up – Bieber’s 22; he’s still young but should be able to make decisions affecting his business, especially since wiki says he graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA. IMHO, this should have been a no-brainer – “you performed for President-for-life Drumpf at the last Republican National Convention”. UGH.

  • Westcoast88

    Why are there All Lives Matter banners? That is so dismissive and insulting.

    • Traxley Launderette

      Because the people who display All Lives Matter banners ARE dismissive and insulting, dear.

  • JustSayin’

    I dont care for bieber but good for him for telling them to fuck off

  • Blobby

    Are the RNC all 13 yo girls? Or maybe I really have no idea who Bieber’s demographic actually might be.

    • Ore Carmi

      Homocons, I’m guessing.

  • Bill Post

    OMG… he’s Canadian… wasn’t Donnie and Marie available? … oh wait too Morman…any hoozal … I always picture Lawrence Welk playing at these Republican events or someone really gay like Liberace or Tobe Keith.

    • Reality.Bites

      Apparently they don’t care about the politics of the artists they try to pay any more than they do about the politics of the artists they steal from.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Interesting picture. Was he in The Song of Bernadette?

  • bob

    That’s just silly for so many reasons !

  • DesertSun59

    ‘He’ didn’t turn that gig down.

    His manager knew that the Trump campaign would never pay. This has exactly nothing to do with politics and everything to do with money.

    • John Ruff

      Trump never pays for anything!

    • boatboy_srq

      GOP donors, not tRump, put up the cash for this event. At least with Bieber on stage they’d have got something for their money.

  • boatboy_srq

    Well, now we k of there are some things ever Justin Bieber won’t do (either that or $5M was nowhere near enough).

  • kirtanloorii

    Yay! Finally a reason to like Bieber!

  • JCF

    Oh, do NOT tell me I’m supposed to admire “The Bieb” now—ain’t happening!

  • damn. i never thought i’d say this. “go, Justin!” (and your manager).

  • Robert Conner

    So Bieber finally drew the line. At Trump. LOL.


    His mama don’t like Trump, and she likes every politician.

  • EdA

    Typical Republican. Trying to get a foreigner to do a job that an American can do — though would any credible American want to take that job?

    On the other hand, obviously the piece of trump’s reputation preceded him. The bieb’s agent insisted on getting paid in advance.

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  • andrew

    Way to go, Justin.

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