In a tweet for the ages, Justin Bieber has just announced he is getting out of show business. He talks directly to his fans, the “beliebers,” who have grown weary and beleaguered with all of Bieber’s self-destructive, besmirching behavior of late. This Christmas, Bieber beliebers will be asking, “why would the most popular 19-year-old singer in the world want to quit show business?”
Oddly enough, he would not say why he is getting out of show business. Of course, he tweeted this so he barely had the space to get fine-grained. However, he was cryptic and vague in the extreme. He said for people to be nice to each other like Jesus. He also said he was retiring and then he said he would never leave, and he added that he will be here forever. At any rate, he is definitely starting to sound like Jesus.
This announcement comes on the heels of a slightly embarrassing event for Justin Bieber. It happened earlier his month. After being invited by comedian, Chris D’Elia, to join him up on stage, Bieber entered the scene and sat down next to D’Elia. The young singer was all smiles. However, by joining his friend on stage during the comedy act, Bieber soon found himself becoming the receiving end for the comedian’s rye sense of humor.
One thing led to another, and before long Bieber responded to a comedic jab about his questionable manhood. That is precisely the moment when Bieber snapped. He yelled out a macho slur and in moment of awareness, realizing what he had just done, he then made a very quick exit.
Back in March of this year, Bieber slipped into an altercation with a photographer. Bieber had to be constrained by one of his own bodyguards. It was such a well-publicized incident that Bieber was compelled to say something about it in public in order to recover. So, he tweeted that it had been a rough week.
Apparently, in March he had fainted on stage during one show, as well as arriving two hours late for another. By the end of March, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives were even investigating an allegation that Bieber had spat on one of his neighbors – again, resulting from an altercation.
What did he do next? He outdid himself.
In a visit to the famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, he did something that is going to be difficult to forget. He started writing in the museum guest book.
He wanted to leave a statement that would forever commemorate his experience. He was moved to be visiting the house where 15-year-old Anne Frank was hidden in a tiny, cramped, secret panic room to escape the Nazis during WWII.
What happens next defies logic. Bieber penned this quip: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
No, he didn’t just say that.
Oh, yes, he did.
It is the kind of thing beliebers have come to expect from Justin Bieber this year. If anyone wants to see a guy who has everything going for him, yet somehow manages to keep people mystified as to why he keeps shooting himself in the foot time and time again – leave it to Bieber,
This is the kind of occurrence that can damage one’s public image irreparably. The written comment itself indicates a severe lack of decorum and tact. It lacks the kind of worldliness we expect from worldwide superstars, and it smacks of self-important adolescent narcissism in the extreme.
One does not talk about oneself in the Anne Frank House guest book. One is best advised to only talk about Anne Frank in such situations.
One wrong move in public is all it takes to hang oneself. Just ask Sinead O’Connor how many pics of the Pope she has torn up lately on live TV.
Well, by the time he lost it after sharing the stage with comedian, Chris D’Elia, even true beliebers were starting to become beleaguered from watching Bieber besmirch himself repeatedly.
In retrospect, by the time Bieber joins his friend, Chris D’Elia, on stage and begins to feel like the butt of every joke, one could almost predict Bieber would soon be fumbling the ball. The tension had been mounting all year. In the interest of common decency, the full text of that exchange will not be appearing in this particular story. However, for those who are so inclined, this writer has included a link to the video, below from 933FLZ, of said incident for the most inquiring minds.
This young man has the second largest number of Twitter followers of anyone: almost 48 million. His Twitter following is second only to Katy Perry’s. He is at the top of a stellar career any way he is evaluated.
So, why would anyone in his position want out now? For Bieber to claim he wants out of show business when he already has everything any pop music star could possibly want makes no sense. All he has to do is not get hit by a truck and he can keep this thing going long enough to rake in a few more million at least.
Instead, Bieber seems to be like some kind of poor man’s Miley Cyrus. He is almost trying too hard to be something that he will regret one day when he looks back on all of this. For a global superstar to holler into a microphone such gender-slurring locker room talk defies logic.
At least Miley Cyrus is only putting herself down. She is the veritable incarnation of debauchery. Rather than keeping the focus on himself, Bieber managed to do the opposite. In his never-ending struggle with fame he quickly proceeded to slur all women, by implication and by now he had totally lost the moral high ground.
It seems that earlier this month during a radio interview he told an LA DJ he was going to be retiring after this album. Bieber seems to be spreading himself thin. It is ironic to watch someone so popular with the girls repeatedly struggle in vain to come off like a big macho man.
Maybe this is all much simpler than it seems to be on the surface. His retirement tweet was tweeted. He rambled about life, announced his immanent retirement, and then he added: “I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle.”
So, he is retiring, but he is not leaving. As if that was not weird enough he says that being a “belieber is a lifestyle.” At an age when most guys are in college, Bieber has just retired from superstardom. About the only thing that can be stated, is that one knows one has reached the top of the music business when one can retire at will. In other words, he is not really retiring, he is just saying that to boost album and ticket sales.
Case in point: The follow-up to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never will open in U.S. theaters on December 25.
In fact, the method to the madness has just begun to dawn on this writer. Suddenly, it is all becoming clear as a bell and it is all so simple.
Quickly, tell all Bieber fans not to worry.
Bieber is out of show business. The beliebers are becoming beleaguered by Bieber’s besmirching behavior. Can this really be the end? Probably not – Bieber likes himself way too much to walk away from all this. The Rolling Stones used to announce they were retiring before every concert tour. In other words, given his name and his popularity, there is every reason to believe that Justin Bieber could make a veritable career out of being retired.
By Alex Durig, Ph.D.