The timing could not be more perfect, Justin Bieber announcing his retirement and then reassuring his “beliebers” that he will be around forever; is he suffering from delusions of being Christ or Obi Wan Kenobi. It could be a case of serendipitous coincidence, but, the Canadian pop star sending out such a mixed message at Christmas seems to smack of either a publicity garnering exercise for his upcoming film or delusions of an epic scale.
Of course it could also be an elaborate joke.
While Justin Bieber has not previously exhibited an ego of Kanye West proportion; it could be that the 19 year-old pop idol, adored by millions, has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. It would not be surprising. Bieber has been in the news, and consequently in the public’s eye, constantly throughout 2013. The singer’s behaviour has not been very Christ-like to be sure, but, he is a belieber himself in the “big guy” and regardless of his actions he does “spread the word.”
Bieber’s followers, who are about as rabid as any that the late Michael Jackson had, were stunned, surprised, and saddened by the Twitter news that he was “officially retiring.” The singer then followed up his retirement announcement with reassuring tweets stating that he would be around forever. He also tweeted that being a “Belieber” was serious business and a “lifestyle.”
The last tweet from the teen performer sounds like Justin Bieber is suffering from delusions of being a Christ-like figure or Obi Wan Kenobi. If there are those who do not get the Star Wars connection, think back to the moment that Obi Wan takes on Darth Vader. A split second before good guy Kenobi takes one for the team, he tells Vader that in his death he will be even more powerful. A clear allusion to the Bible’s teachings of why the offspring of the “big guy” was sacrificed, to help (spelt save) all of mankind.
It is puzzling as to why Bieber would suddenly step out of the limelight at this particular moment, unless, the entertainer is drumming up loads of publicity for his soon-to-be-released film. His latest “biopic” documentary opens today. Aptly titled Justin Bieber’s Believe – and whosoever believeth in him – the film follows the trials and tribulations of the singer since his 2011 “biopic.”
In true cynical Hollywood-style thinking, Bieber telling his fans that he is leaving music and the entertainment business should result in all of his beliebers rushing to the cinema to see their idol, perhaps, for the last time. It could also drive his fans to watch and see if there are any clues in the film as to why he is stepping down.
Manager Scooter Braun revealed that he told Bieber to “take some time off.” Braun’s suggestion was that the the young performer step out of public scrutiny and concentrate on his music. Justin’s official announcement of retirement seems a bit over-the-top in those terms. It still seems a drastic move for a 19 year-old to quit the business before he can legally buy and consume alcohol.
There is another possibility as to why Bieber has decided to retire. He could be doing a “Frank Sinatra.” Admittedly, most of the Canadian singer’s fans will be too young to recall, or even be aware of, the leader of the Rat Pack. Justin, or more accurately his manager Scooter, would be aware of the fact that Frank retired multiple times. Each time the “Chairman of the Board” retired he would follow it up with a tour and then would stage another “comeback” tour.
The difference between the two and their “retirements” is that Sinatra was at an age when most folks do retire and Justin is just starting out, in terms of age, that is. So is Bieber suffering delusions of being a metaphorical Christ or Obi Wan Kenobi? Or is he just drumming up last minute publicity for his latest film. Either way, the singer has, with just three little tweets, managed to catapult himself into the hottest topic going on Twitter. Justin Bieber’s Believe opens today Dec. 25, 2013 at a cinema near you.
By Michael Smith