By Michael Ullery
February 2, 2014
I am amazed at how much publicity has been given to Justin Bieber lately.
I will admit, proudly, I think, that I don’t believe that I have ever heard a Bieber song. I’m not sure that I would recognize his voice if I heard it.
As far as I am concerned, Bieber is just another flash-in-the-pan, mediocre-talent, teenager who thinks that he possesses far more talent than is actually the case.
Having said all that, it is my opinion that all of this stuff going on is being blown far out of proportion.
Don’t get me wrong, the incidents in which Bieber has allegedly been involved are serious. Egging someone’s house is a crime, although the media has been acting more like Bieber threw hand-grenades at the house, rather than eggs.
The drag-racing incident is, indeed, serious. Someone could have been killed.
The most serious issue that I see, in all of Bieber’s exploits, is that he seems to possess a total disgard for the rights of others and he seems to believe himself far better than anyone else.
Now, a petition is apparently making the rounds, demanding that Bieber, a Canadian citizen, be deported for his crimes.
It seems to me that the majority of Americans are willing to look the other way for a man like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a man who compromised the security of many of our goverment programs and people while they demand that a guy who threw eggs at someone’s home be sent back to Canada.
I am certainly not defending Bieber. The kid needs a lesson in manners and humility.
What is sad, is that much of the blame can be laid on the shoulders of Bieber’s fans. Those who line up to watch him and scream and throw themselves at his feet, are the ones who empower his ego. Purchasing his songs puts the money in his pockets.
If you want to send a message to Bieber, don’t deport him. Stop buying his records. Stop attending his concerts. Stop writing about him. Rather than put him in the news and cover his every move, ignore him.
And let us not forget, he is only 19 years old. Think about it for a minute. When many of us were high school age, egging a house or drag-racing were not that far fetched. The difference here? Bieber is egging million-dollar homes and racing in a Lamborghini. I am certain that there is a jealousy factor involved, in some cases.
My message to Justin Bieber would be, grow up. Learn to respect others, but most important, learn to respect yourself.
We are looking back at the 5oth anniversary of The Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and their meteoric rise to fame. Sure, they had their issues, their “scandals.” But, by and large, the “Fab Four”, never lost sight of who they were, and where they came from.
The Beatles, and other truly great performers, garnered publicity through their talent and their music.
Maybe Justin Bieber should do a little reflecting on some of this as he contemplates the problems he has been having, of late.
Maybe … if he cries Help!, he will no longer have to Let It Be, and he will realize that fame Can’t Buy Me Love and he can find Strawberry Fields Forever at the end of The Long and Winding Road.