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Justin Bieber Has Not Invaded Poland (Yet)


In 2009, Justin Bieber performed Jingle Ball at MSG on crutches with a broken foot. He was fifteen years old. So whatever he is in 2015, that is what he was in 2009. When you were getting turned down for the Sox Hop, he was playing MSG with a broken foot. Keep that in mind: Bieber may be a an over privileged putz but he isn’t an over privileged lazy putz.

But that’s not the way Oliver Broudy tells it in his cover story interview-hatchet job on Bieber in the April “Men’s Health”. Look, I’ve taken out the hatchet to some artists I’ve interviewed in the past but I’VE NEVER SAID ONE THING TO THEIR FACE AND ANOTHER THING BEHIND THEIR BACK. When I took the cleaver to Bananarama it was after a very brutal back and forth with the band. Broudy apparently (I haven’t read the entire story) was friendly to his face and then trashed him in print.

Some excerpts:

It’s not that you don’t like Justin Bieber. You actually find him offensive. Why? Because his success primarily depends on skillful producers and shrieking tweens? Because he managed to steal the attention of half the planet’s girls by basically becoming one of them? Or maybe it’s just that he’s never had to deal with all the crap the rest of us have. Like public transportation. Job interviews. Getting fired, or dumped, or ignored at the bar. Mowing the f***ing lawn. This is a kid who had his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall of China. Everything was handed to him. And now he’s a big boy and he thinks manhood is going to be handed to him, too. And you’re like, no, dude. No.”

But there’s something fascinating about it as well. It turns into a kind of dark sport. And if you watch long enough, you can’t help but think, Jaysus, if I only had five minutes with the kid… But what exactly would you say? And could he even hear you if he hasn’t learned to listen yet?

There is something gutless in going after Bieber in 2015, now if Broudy was going after Taylor Swift maybe you think, wow, brave move but Bieber is the poster boy for being hated on.while feeling sorry for Justin is a bit beyond my pay level, there is a real human being underneath all that hating. In the end,  Bieber is the boy it is cool to bully. And it isn’t fun any more.



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