Unfortunately, he did not know the words. Here is what he sung instead.
Below, we’ve written a play-by-play breakdown of the 37-second video, so you can identify justwhere and how exactly Justin Bieber manages to insult Spanish speakers, everywhere. We hope you find it helpful.
0:04-0:06: Bieber immediately confesses that he doesn’t know the words to the song, and begins incorporating that fact into the rhythm of the song. So far, so not-that-offensive. The sad truth is, we’re not sure any English speaker actually knows the words to this song.
0:07-0:13: Does not attempt to handle the situation with grace; says “so I’ll say burrito” and “I’ll say Dorito.” For obvious reasons, this is worse than full-on gibberish. And full-on gibberish was already pretty bad.
0:13-0:17: Turns the mic outward in a cringe-inducing attempt to offload responsibility onto the horrified crowd.
0:20-0:21: When this fails, Bieber targets a single audience member and attempts to hand him the mic, exclaiming, “You know the words.”
0:21-0:22: The audience member does not, in fact, “know the words.” Shit.
0:23: Bieber lets out a loud cry that, on the surface, expresses jokey disbelief, but below the surface, expresses deep anguish: no random, hopefuly Spanish-speaking audience member will save him now. Panic sets in at 1 Oak nightclub.
0:24-0:29: Bieber briefly tries another audience member to no avail, then pulls the mic back to himself and unleashes a series of dabadabadabas that recalls Dave Chappelle’s 2004 impression of Dylan in Making the Band. Bieber, however, fails to rip or rhyme. All of this devolves into something that now manages to insult reggae as well.
0:34-0:37: Begins making awkward, desperate pumping motions with his fists.
0:37: Video mercifully ends; we think to ourselves, no GQ, let us not forgive Justin Bieber.