Did you hear? Justin Bieber just became a high school graduate -- yup, possibly the world's most famous, reluctant, book-averse high school graduate!
In remarks sure to warm the hearts of parents everywhere, the teen idol says now that he no longer has to hit the books, he doesn't really have much use for them.
"This kind of lifestyle has given me a different perspective on life," Bieber recently told Australia's Daily Telegraph. "I've been able to travel the world. At school, usually you have to do a lot of writing and reading. I'm really not into that stuff. I like to be out there."
Although it should be pointed out The Biebs is willing to make an occasional exception:
You know what? That was actually pretty nice.
However, sweetly reciting a few lines of Dr. Seuss is hardly enough to put out the raging fires of the Internet flame war that Bieber's comments ignited.
On Twitter, one user wrote "Hope Justin Bieber likes geography more than reading and writing. Gonna be tough to find Branson on the map."
Some other representative samples include this tweet from a self-identified elementary school teacher: "Justin Bieber says he's 'not into reading and writing.' As always, thanks for being such a good role model for our kids." And this one: "Wow, Bieber. I mean, like, for real?" Note the correct use of all those commas there -- clearly from someone who is into writing.
Of course, Bieber does deserve credit for going ahead and completing high school in the first place. Certainly no small feat for a teenager whose life is already crammed with demanding professional obligations including, but not limited to, long hours spent rehearsing his new music and helping boxing champ Floyd Mayweather expand his demographic appeal by accompanying him into the ring.
However, Bieber let on that graduating wasn't something he entirely wanted to do. "That was something my mom really wanted me to do, so I had to do it for her," he said.
After taking all this is in, Maressa Brown over at Cafe Mom wrote about the impact of Bieber's words on his school-aged fan base, concluding that "to say something so completely empty-headed about school is beyond irresponsible. It's downright clueless."
The Bieber defenders in the comments section cut the guy some slack. "He's 18. Of course he's going to be a little blasé about school and all that goes into it."
And more from the 'kids will be kids' set: "For a kid who probably never spends five minutes alone throughout the day I understand what he means by being glad h.s. tutoring is over. In fact, all kids are glad when h.s. is over," read another comment.
Fair enough. However, the vast majority of online reaction -- especially from people who are neither below the age of 15 nor female -- still fell hard into the 'Bieber as Academic Terminator' camp.
What's your take on his unintentional graduation speech? Should we give The Biebs a pass? Or does he fail? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.