With Twitter trending hashtag #HappyBirthdayJustinBieber it seems that all the singer’s fans are excited about the fact that their idol is leaving his teens behind. Most Internet publications and newspapers are busy listing things about the Canadian pop star and making a big deal out of the fact that the Believe performer is 20 years-old on Saturday.
Most have been focussing on Bieber’s bad boy antics over the last two years. Some have written about the “tween” heartthrob’s top 20 hits. Another has the imaginative title of hashtag #20ReasonsWhyWeLoveJ, this particular story centers around the Twitter storm that has blown up over the troubled stars big day.
Is it a big day for the troubled former teen? It should be. Bieber is well known to stand on the teachings of Christianity. He tells his fans, aka Beliebers, that he believes in God and loves everyone. More importantly, for him, he tells all those pre-pubescent, and post-pubescent, fans that the media spouts lies about him and to not believe all the hate thrown his way.
If Beiber really believes in the “good book” he should, perhaps, take a moment to read it; in particular the verse that reads, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
Granted, that particular bit from the good book is a long winded way of saying that everyone has to grow up. Now that Bieber’s left his teenage years, a time where practically everyone exclaimed that he shouldn’t be held responsible for his actions as he was “still a child'” the singer should now grow up and stop behaving in ways that could result in being arrested.
Justin is now old enough that he needs to think of how he really appears to young people who idolize his every move and mistake. The Baby singer is also old enough to stop thinking he is above the law. Of course Bieber could have been thinking of that for some time now. The past two years could have been some sort of “race” to get all his bad boy ways over and done before the big happy birthday event and his leaving behind those teen years.
2013 and the beginning of 2014 have not been very good years for Mr. Bieber. It would be difficult to pick out any one particular low point of his errant misbehavior. Egging his neighbor’s house could be the most immature thing Bieber’s done. However, his brattish and very uncouth treatment of Selena Gomez must surely count as the pinnacle of caddish behavior.
To undergo a countdown of the 20 most annoying things that Bieber has done before leaving his teen years behind would only serve to point out the incidents already on record, of which there are many, and to rehash things that Justin may be all too ready to leave behind.
Belieber’s, and an amazing amount of adults who should know better, are quick to leap to Bieber’s defense. The “he’s just a child” mantra has grown very old. Granted, the singer was just a boy, now he is on the first step to adulthood. It is about time for Bieber to leave “behind his childish ways” and start acting like a man.
As the world, and his fans, wish Justin Bieber a happy birthday and he leaves his teen years behind, it is hoped that these last two years of irresponsible actions and bad press are blown away like candle flames on a cake. It could well be that the pop star’s wish may well be to grow up and not see the inside of a jail cell for a long time.
By Michael Smith