I remember seeing a picture of them hands in hands not a long time ago, but now Paris Jackson said she just hates Justin Bieber. She despises him for not taking any action regarding some of his fans, making allusion to the whole ‘Cut For Bieber’ trend that occured on Twitter at the beginning of this year, a sort of campaign launched by an anonymous user and encouraging young girls to cut themselves for the teen idol. It turned out that many of these gruesome pictures of bloody arms were fake, but some were real. Plus it was not the point, the stupid trend was set, and we know it too well, teenager girls are prompt at doing such crazy things in case of crisis. In this case, the crisis was Bieber’s bad habit as the following message explained:
‘Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because Bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.’
Bieber didn’t even react a bit to the situation, so Paris’ point is that he should have and this girl knows a little bit about selfharm! His silence was approving the behavior and, as he continued smoking weed, he was encouraging the cutting. I see her point, but are stars responsible for the stupid behavior of their fans? And I don’t want to talk about the role model thing, as Paris Jackson does, I am just talking about the responsibility that celebrities have or not when confronted to their fans’ dysfunctional behavior.
People are split on this, but according to many websites, the majority sides with Paris: Bieber has a responsibility and should have spoken up, at least send a simple tweet like ’just don’t do it’, since common sense implies you get involved when people do stupid things in front of you. Of course the god-like status of stars is in question, and this has become out of control, but I am sure that similar situations may have occurred with Elvis Presley 60 years ago. There’s nothing really new here… what would have Elvis done?
Nevertheless, we have to be fair to Bieber. For example, are sport teams hold responsible when their hooligan fans get out of control and start a fight? I don’t think so!
And regarding the role model part, Paris Jackson comes from such a delicate place to talk about this! She called Bieber a ‘disgrace’ because of his recent and erratic behavior being a bad influence on fans, but did her late father ever take any responsibility regarding his fans? How can we forget about the eccentricities and scandals, the dangling of the baby, the endless facial modifications and the child molestation accusations of her father? Justin Bieber may not be a role model, but excuse me for laughing at the idea of a Jackson giving a lesson in this domain.
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