A few weeks ago, TMZ released footage of 20-year-old Justin Bieber in a four and a
half hour deposition in Miami for a case, which involved a brawl one his bodyguards had with a paparazzi.
This was the latest in a string of negative reports about the young Canadian pop star in the past year. His behavior in the footage can be described as arrogant and ultimately disrespectful. At one point, he told the attorney questioning him, “I don’t have to listen to anything you have to say.” His attitude continued when asked to view a film on the television, which was a video taken by a paparazzi. He asks, “This is a film? … You said watch the film, is this a film?” He was also shown calling the attorney names, rolling his eyes and even winking at the camera.
If it wasn’t obvious before, it is now: Justin, the sweet and innocent “Baby” singer, is long gone. However, his legions of fans, the “Beliebers,” continue to stand by him and support his behavior. Within minutes of browsing Twitter, it is easy to find a fan defending him, saying that he shouldn’t be beat down by the media because he is just a regular teenager like you and me.
But the problem is, he isn’t at all a regular teenager like you and me. The majority of us don’t have young teens and children looking up to us as idols, and we certainly don’t have even a speck of the amount of influence over a small audience individually that Justin has over millions of people. Sure, he is still young and bound to make mistakes, and that should be acknowledged. Nevertheless, it should also be acknowledged that Bieber is unapologetic in most of these incidents. He even goes so far as to address his fans on Twitter when he feels wronged and portrayed unfair by the media, urging them to support him.
Justin, of course, is not the only one at fault, as it is obvious he lacks proper parental guidance. But at the end of the day, it boils down to himself and his own decisions. It’s time that Justin Bieber stops placing the blame on others and learns to take some responsibility, not only for himself, but also for his millions of easily influenced, misguided fans.