Justin Bieber: The Beliebers Want Something to Believe In

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Once upon a time, pop singer Justin Bieber was all over the media because of  his talent. Whether someone loved or loathed him, it was not difficult to understand why he got so much attention. He was a singer. Nowadays, Justin Bieber is still very much in the media. However, it hardly seems to be based on his talent for music, as it seems to be regarding his talent for getting into trouble. The one thing that hasn’t seemed to change is the support of his fan base, the “Beliebers”. But at this point, what exactly are they supporting? Is there something for the “Beliebers” to truly believe in?

At a young age, the Canadian born youngster managed to transform himself from a YouTube viral star to an actual pop phenomenon. His first extended play, My World, catapulted the then 15-year-old into the spotlight with catchy songs many were probably embarrassed to admit they actually liked. He grew up a bit on his follow-up, 2010’s My World 2.0 and whether you liked it or not, the boy had obvious talent. R&B superstar Usher mentored Justin and the wave of success was massive. His young fans, happily calling themselves “Beliebers”, kept him on top. His first five releases charted in the top 10 on Billboard, which is interesting considering out of the five, only two were actual full length albums of original music (the others consisted of two remix CDs; My World Acoustic and Never Say Never; and a Christmas album, Under The Mistletoe).

By 2012’s Believe, it started to dawn on most that at any given point in time, they were going to run into a Justin Bieber song. Not only had his music seemed to mature, the first single from Believe; the more urban-influenced, Girlfriend, began to crossover into R&B owned radio stations. Justin Bieber was no longer just a pop star, he was a music star. However, other things about him changed as well, beginning with his image.

Long gone were the days of the infamous Bieber hair style. It was eventually replaced by a sleeker cut that mirrored his maturity. The singer started to get a few tattoos, which he proudly showed off. There was a rumor that he impregnated a female fan at one of his concerts. The accusations were justin biebereventually proved false. If anything, the rumor added a bit more edge to someone perceived as being clean-cut. There is nothing wrong with wanting to change ones image and to be seen differently, but Justin Bieber took that edge to the max and then some.

There were rumors about him smoking marijuana. Those rumors were eventually proven to be true. There were accusations that stronger drugs might have been consumed by the singer. They were never fully denied. There were speeding issues the singer seemed to have on a constant basis. When he was not driving one of his cars, one of his close friends were behind the wheel and sometimes, the results were disastrous: a paparazzo was killed attempting to take a picture of Justin inside of his yellow Lamborghini. He met a cruel end when he was hit by an oncoming car in another traffic lane. In an ironic twist, Justin Bieber was not the one driving that evening.

More accusations of drug use followed. Violence got into the mix when after being released from a hospital in late 2013, the young star got into a scuffle with a paparazzo. There were missed concert dates and concerts he arrived late to. There were police raids at his house, on his tour bus and even on his private plane. This month alone, the now 20-year-old has been accused of allowing his bodyguard to chase after and beat down a paparazzo. He is also facing a possible theft charge for attempting to steal the cell phone of a woman, as he believed she had been taking pictures of him. The sad thing about these moments are that they are only a small amount of  things he has been accused of. That does not include his first formal arrest earlier this year for conducting an alleged drag race down a busy Miami street.

His fans have stood strong by him, more than ever. However, their support of him seems to come at the worst of times. Whenever a negative story about Justin Bieber comes to fruition, the “Beliebers” seem to rally together and protect the young star in the most obscene of ways. Following the initial stories that Justin had been drinking and on drugs the night of the drag race incident, a hashtag on Twitter began to trend, which read “We Will Always Support You, Justin”. He eventually admitted that he had taken Xanax and smoked marijuana on the night of the incident, which left him in an impaired state. Someone could have been injured or worse, possibly killed that night. But still, his fans supported him and promised that nothing would change in their eyes.

Another instance has to do with the “Beliebers” attacking many journalists for simply speaking the truth about the instances Justin has been in trouble. For a while, TMZ dedicated a section of their television show to airing phone calls of angry fans calling into their studio and saying some rather derogatory things to the people who work there. They seem so badly to want to believe their idol, but the “Beliebers” do not seem to be putting their money where their sometimes dirty mouths are.

Justin has released some music since his troubles began, as well as a movie. However, neither seemed to do as well as releases in the past. 2013’s Journals, a compilation album of songs Justin released one at a time through iTunes, did not fare well in sales at all and was his lowest charting release. None of the songs from the album had much radio play. The release right before that, an acoustic version of Believe, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts. It might be easy to believe, no pun intended, that the iTunes release negated the need for sales of a physical album, but that has never seemed to stop him from selling and selling well.

His second movie, Justin Bieber: Believe, yes, there is a theme here, opened during Christmas Weekend 2013 and brought in around $3.1 million over those first few days. His first movie, Never Say Never, brought in almost 10 times that amount in its first three days of release. Taking that into account, one can see that the brand of Justin Bieber is not bringing in as much as it used to. So what exactly is being supported?

There was some new music teased earlier this year and Justin has constantly riled fans up with bits and pieces of things he says he is working on, but none have come to fruition. It seems like the only thing being supported is his bad behavior and something our parents instilled in us from a young age is that one does not support bad behavior.

People grow up and change all of the time. It is human nature. Justin Bieber is no longer that 15-year-old boy with the floppy hair who seemed to beckon the world with catchy pop tunes, sweet smiles and songs the older generation liked, even if they did not admit it. Now at 20-years-old, the more we hear about him, the more we hear about his troubles as opposed to the reason he became famous. He recently tweeted that his fans should not “believe the rumors”, something else he has done many times before over these past troubled years. But at some point, one has to admit that rumors are not rumors when there are facts clearly shown and proven. Let us hope something changes in Justin Bieber. If only for his fans, the “Beliebers” want something to believe in.

Opinion by Jonathan Brown


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45 Responses to "Justin Bieber: The Beliebers Want Something to Believe In"

  1. danya   July 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    justin te gusteria conocer a una gran chica por ella es muy bonita tambien es muy graciosa y es muy hermosa a una flor

  2. Alex   May 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

    what is Justin Bieber color
    Alex spielman

  3. Meg   May 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Erm it’s boyfriend not girlfriend just saying

  4. Rose   May 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    You guys don’t understand. You guys don’t understand at all. Justin Drew Bieber, Kidrauhl, grew up in front of us. He is going through a hard time right now and you media need to give him some space so he can breath and think. Don’t you see that you guys are suffocating him? You aren’t giving him any space! He’s acting out, he’s being a teenager! True, Justin is 20, but so are all those college frat boys partying it up, but I don’t see you writing 20 articles about how they’re partying and being irresponsible. We believe that Justin will get better. We believe that Kidrauhl is still in there and we believe in Justin Drew Bieber. It doesn’t matter that his songs aren’t selling as well as they used to, what matters is that we will stay by his side and keep buying every freaking song he releases. Being a belieber, being a part of a fandom means that you stay by your idol’s side. We call ourselves a belieber and that means we will stay by Justin’s side. And maybe he is slowly falling right now, but we are here and we will pick him back up. “I will catch you if you fall,” Justin Drew Bieber.

  5. Elizabeth   May 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I personaly am not a fan of his music because that is not my genre of music I listen to but I do know is that from what I’ve seen lately he’s been in a mess, yes everyone makes mistakes because everyone’s a human being, and nobody is perfect but when people make mistakes they grow up from them, and so far he hasn’t shown that he’s learned from them or even cares for most of his fans by the looks of it, or has any respect towards anyone. But if he was some regular guy who wasn’t as known as he is I wouldn’t be criticizing him I guess if you want to call it that way because it would be his life and not anyone’s so no one should be worrying about it because it doesn’t affect anyone around him besides him but the young fans of his are being affected by it seeing him getting DUI’s , arrested him being rude or disrespectful can affect young children who look up to him and an influence as well. Yes you guys might say he does good things besides the bad things, but it still does not really make up much for the bad things he’s done and is still doing. Apparently I believe in his view he sees like he has the world on his hands and he can get away with things that us “regular” people can’t get away with.

  6. Vanessa   May 19, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Actually, I have something to believe in. I believe that a person can never change completely, so I believe in that little guy who lays inside him, waiting to be shown again.And here is something that I don’t really understand…..what’s more upsetting?Justin’s bad behaviour lately, or society’s extreme fascination with watching people falling down instead of helping them?society disgusts me….and if you really don’t like his behaviour why don’t u do something that really can help him, instead of writing this article just to make money and JUDGE HIM AGAIN?just because that’s what u wanted….to make money….you know what?You should thank God that your life isn’t as his life is, being judged by everyone around….without helping you and making fun of you, because you had the strength to make your dream come true…

  7. Wasini   May 19, 2014 at 4:19 am

    WE BELIEVE IN JUSTIN AND HIS MUSIC. you dont understand it. he grew up in front of our eyes and we do know him. everything he does is judged only bc he is Justin Bieber, the boy who sings Baby. when he does good thing people would say he’s doing them for fames, when he makes mistake they would say he’s the mtfk. for beliebers Justin is the same. he loves and cares his beliebers so much you can never find other idol like Justin “best idol ever”. he’s our inspiration, he taught us to believe, never say never and follow our dreams. if you don’t know, there so many people inspired by Justin and are success nowaday. all the music justin has made are amazing, his voice is completely beautiful and the lyrics are meaningful. even if you don’t like him or his personality, you can still love his songs. just open your heart wide and you would feel them. it’s like he communicated us by his songs. now you know what we truly believe in? it’s Justin Drew Bieber

  8. steph   May 19, 2014 at 4:15 am

    i love justin bieber <3

  9. Alexis   May 19, 2014 at 3:51 am

    He makes mistake just like everyone does except everyone is hounding him about his! He is still the talented 15 year kid we discovered! No matter what happens in the future i will support justin until the very end! I love you bieber! <3

  10. Nemi   May 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Im a belieber and I already have something to believe in this is why I dont like media

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