I wrote this blog in 2010. I also used it on my student radio series. It was around the time Justin Bieber’s career exploded and everyone was slinging as many harsh criticism his way as…okay it wasn’t so much harsh criticism as much as it was “urgh, Justin Bieber, he must be a lezzer!” and other witty banter like that. And given recent events, him getting thrown out of night clubs, accusations of doing weed, the fan he supposedly got pregnant (I have no evidence of the last two, don’t sue me) and the fabulous being two hours late for a gig (Guns N Roses do that all the time, seriously, are you fucking surprised?) I thought maybe it was time to dig this entry out on my position in the argument: is it right to thrown such harsh words at a child in the world of business?
23 May 2010
I thought I might vent this, because its a bizarre occurance. I’ve taken a position in a philosophical debate that you would never usually expect of me. I’m in the unamiable position…of defending Justin Bieber.
Yes, I thought that might shock you.
Justin Bieber was first seen on youtube doing his whiny girlish unoriginal “singing” and was spotted by a record producer, taken into an office somewhere and got a contract with Island records. And since 2007 his career has really taken off, its divided people really, some, mostly little girls are awing over him and buying the records, while the rest of us wish that he would fuck off and die already.
Thing is though I feel a bit bad for the kid. I mean of course he has absolutely nothing to offer the world of music. He’s a teenage fad like all the others and sings exactly like Britney Spears and all that lot, he’s doing nothing new and is never going to inspire the creative tendons of some undiscovered genius, he’s just there for the sake of being there. The record company feel they can exploit the kid and so they do.
Thing is though its record company to blame for this, not the kid himself. Think about it, he was on youtube. He had no connections and no money, he was thirteen years old. They look at that and go “ooh, we can make a bit of money off of this”.
He’s a child in the world of big business, he’s a kid. And if he sees all these hateful comments then I can safely say: well done everyone, you’ve made a child cry, you happy now? That made you feel all special? Admittedly I hate kids but the rest of you clearly don’t since you’re all happy and go “ooh you’re pregnant, ooh, one of life’s miracles” when there are plenty of unhappy kids in the world without parents, go raise them if you want one so much.
Justin Bieber is a child and a teen icon. Teen icons come and go, we’ve seen more of them in history than we’ve seen viable excuses for war, but then again we’ve never seen a viable excuse for war so…hmm, more accurate comparison, we’ve seen more teen icons than we’ve seen bigmacs shovelled down our throats, that’ll do. And they almost always end badly. Alright, Justin Timberlake is still around despite his lack of talent, but Justin Bieber has already divided people and won’t last much longer.
Just think about it. Gareth Gates, Darius, Scooch, Milli Vanilli. By the time this kid turns 18 everyone will have known and completely forgotten who he is. His records won’t be selling well since the current kids buying them will have grown out of it. He’ll be dropped from his record label. He’ll have no money out by because fame does weird things to people, he’ll piss it all away. It’ll screw him up really badly. At the moment he’s only on chapter two of what is going to be a very sad and twisted tale, he’s already on his way down.
All I ask is that if you at least show a little bit of sympathy for this poor doomed individual. Popstars come and go and given how vapid they get with the ego boost, this kid’s gonna be on the streets before he turns 18. Fine, ignore him because he is musically worthless, but if you’re gonna be harsh about Justin Bieber, just think to the future when the ninteen year old kid is stood in an alley. He kneels in a pile of tear stained one dollar bills and opens his mouth for another couple of bucks that might keep him alive for a bit longer. I for one think that’s rather sad.