Justin Bieber, the $100,000,000 Paradox
If you’re a “Belieber”, you won’t want to read this. Young pop star Justin Bieber, who is worth a reported 100 million dollars, is in the news again. And, as usual, it’s not good news.
Young Bieber is in Sweden. According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, police searched Bieber’s tour bus in the car park of Stockholm’s Globe Arena on Wednesday night, just before he went on stage. “A colleague felt a strong smell of marijuana, like someone had been smoking in the bus,” said Lars Byström, a press officer for the Stockholm police department. “We carried out a search and we found a small amount of alleged narcotics. We also found an electro-shock weapon that wasn’t licensed.”
Bieber’s spokesman said there were lots of people on the bus before the concert, and he was not present, nor involved. No charges have been filed.
His tour is now heading for Finland. Bieber took the time to “tweet”, saying, “Some of the rumours about me … where do people even get this stuff. Whatever … back to the music.”
Earlier this year he was photographed holding an odd shaped cigarette. He made an effort at a “Bieber-style” apology when he appeared on Saturday Night Live. He did it while playing a character in a sketch. “I also heard he got busted for smoking weed,” he said. “And he’s really sorry about it. And people make mistakes. And he’s never gonna do it again.”
From appearing frequently in public without a shirt, arriving more than two hours late for a London concert, and confrontations in nightclubs, and with paparazzi, Bieber’s squeaky clean image has been reduced to questions about his moral character, and if he has emotional or addiction problems. In one incident he made an aggressive move towards one of the photographers, only to be held back by one of his entourage. Bieber threatened to “f****** beat the f*** out of” a paparazzi photographer who had shouted insults at the young star through his car window.
When he was home in California in-between concerts, he was charged with battery against his neighbor.
Is this just a case of a spoiled teenager who is out of control, or is it much more? We see it with entertainers and professional athletes who become extremely wealthy and have a certain amount of fame at an immature age all too frequently.
It seems to me that young Mr. Bieber needs a parent.
Columnist-The Guardian Express