A Norwegian TV show, named “Anne-Kat,” is refusing to apologize over depicting teenage girls allegedly “converting to Islam” for the chance to win tickets to see Justin Bieber in concert.
In an interview with a Dubai-based newspaper published on Tuesday, an official at TV Norge (TV Norway) said they would not apologize in the name of “freedom of expression.”
“In Norway we have freedom of speech and expression,” communications director Svein Tore Bergestuen told 7DAYS.
“The reaction we got in Norway was as expected - that everyone understood this was a sketch and humor.”
The remarks came despite TV Norge admitting it had to pull a clip of the show from YouTube on Tuesday after offended viewers subjected the girls to a barrage of insults and threatened to kill them, the newspaper reported.
According to Dagen, a Norwegian news website, the show instructed the avid Justin Bieber fans, also known as “Beliebers,” to remove all make-up, put on hijabs, recite what allegedly was an Islamic statement of belief in Arabic and read a piece of Arabic text aloud.
The girls were made to say, “Justin Bieber is unclean and probably gay,” reported Dagen.
Hærland, the host of Anne-Kat, said “we wanted to find out how far Norwegian ‘beliebers’ are willing to go for tickets to one of Bieber’s concerts.”