If every joke contains a grain of truth, then the following video is a veritable rice paddy.

Okay, that was a stupid analogy. But still: Zach Galifianakis really doesn’t pull any punches while interviewing Justin Bieber for the latest episode of “Between Two Ferns.” He starts out by telling Bieber how exciting it is to have him on the show, “especially right in the middle of [Bieber’s] public meltdown” — and things only get more brutally honest from there. Here’s a sampling of the Hangover star’s outrageous follow-up questions, all of which are greeted with stony silence from Bieber:

“When you’re in the recording studio, do you ever think ‘Hey, what if I don’t make something sh—y?'”

“You’ve had three hairstyles. What’s next for your career?”

“You said recently that Anne Frank could have been a Belieber… Did you mean that if the Nazis had not taken her, and she lived to be in her 80s, she would have liked your music, presumably due to loss of hearing?”

“You know what? I don’t like your attitude, to be quite honest. Because you know what? YOU’RE TOO YOUNG TO BE SMOKING POT AND PEE PEEING IN BUCKETS AND DRIVING UP AND DOWN THE HIGHWAY FAST! I don’t think your mom would really mind if a stranger whipped her son.”

And that’s when Galifianakis starts to remove his belt.

Clearly, this is Funny or Die’s greatest Bieber-related clip since the glory days of Bieber or Die — and it’s tough to say how a clip that casts Bieber as Batfleck’s Robin could possibly top it. Props to Galifianakis for daring to call the kid out right to his face — and to Bieber for agreeing to take it.

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