The curse of the young child celebrity appears to have struck again, knocking down loveable/hateable (delete as appropriate) Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. And boy, are some of his fans pissed.
You see, Bieber manages to lure in an audience that is best described as pre-teen. A lot of his listeners are 8 or 9-year olds who can’t really tell that his music is largely dross, and they simply like him because he appears to be an inoffensive muppet.
That’s fine when you’re squeaky clean and full of beans. But when you turn up two hours late to a gig that’s meant to have started at 8.30pm, your audience is going to be dog-tired and angry.
Which is what happened on Monday night at the O2 arena in London. Bieber, who has been partying pretty hard in London (even steeling himself through the cold weather that’s happening here to go shirtless on the streets at yon time in the morning) managed to somehow miss his call on-stage, and didn’t turn up for a while afterwards.
Needless to say, some of the kids had to go home because it was a school night, and those who stayed managed to drum up enough pre-teen vitriol to boo him as Michael Jackson’s songs played over the O2 PA system.
Fans can be fickle, you know. They aren’t always going to be by your side supporting you. And worryingly, this latest escapade isn’t the only strange thing that the Biebz has done. Maybe he’s losing it. Maybe he’s becoming a sloppy mess.
Consider this, for example (courtesy of TMZ). Exhibit A! Justin Bieber at a party in January, holding what is either a very nicely rolled menthol cigarette or is a big fat spliff. Smoking weed isn’t really the example you want to set a bunch of teeny boppers, so Bieber had to really grovel. And he did so via Twitter (in a typically Bieberish way, where he talked around the issue, proper grammar be damned):
everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up.
All isn’t right in Bieberland. If you’re the most famous pop star in the world (arguably), you should be able to have a great time on demand. Dedicated partygoers will be lining up to have a fun time with you! But not so for the Biebz. In fact, maybe the vapidity of celebrity is getting to him. His birthday was just a few days ago, and when some of his underage friends couldn’t make it into the club he wanted to go to, Bieber extolled on the virtues – or lack of – of such a life he leads:
Maybe he was driven to drink by his “worst birthday”? Maybe he’s growing tired of the screaming kids, and the pressures of looking right? Either way, everything’s not right in Bieberland, and he’s running the risk of becoming a sloppy mess.