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Justin Bieber Is A Jerk, And It’s Your Fault

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Justin Bieber Is A Jerk, And It’s Your Fault


It’s your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.

That’s the contention of attorney Roy Black, who is defending the 20-year-old singer on a DUI charge stemming from a Jan. 23 arrest in Miami Beach.

Black spoke to reporters last week as video of Bieber’s deposition in the case of an alleged assault by one of his bodyguards — you can’t keep this young man’s legal woes straight without a scorecard — was making the rounds on the Internet. It was not a pretty picture. Bieber comes across as a twerp so snotty and insolent even Mother Teresa would want to smack him.

It’s been suggested that opposing counsel baited Bieber by asking provocative questions unrelated to the matter at hand, such as his on-and-off relationship with Selena Gomez. But so what? A deposition is a fishing expedition, and opposing counsel is allowed wide latitude in asking questions. The defendant’s best strategy is to keep calm and answer as briefly as possible.

Presumably, this was all explained to Bieber before he was deposed, but if so, the advice did not take. He preens, he parries, he oozes with visceral contempt for the entire process. Asked if his mentor, the singer Usher, was instrumental to his career he replies, “I was found on YouTube. I think that I was detrimental to my own career.”

Rarely have ignorance and arrogance ever combined so flawlessly to produce unintended truth.

But again, Roy Black says if you want to blame anyone for what Justin Bieber is, blame us and our culture of celebrity worship.

“We love it when people start becoming successful,” he told reporters, “But once they actually are highly successful, we do almost everything we can to destroy their lives. And Justin Bieber’s case is just one of many. He has absolutely no privacy. He is harassed by photographers or paparazzi — whatever you want to call them — at every turn.”

It is an intriguing argument in that it contains just enough truth to give you pause. Our celebrity mania does drive an industry of intrusion. Famous people do live under siege.

On the other hand, Bieber is hardly the first person to be famous — or, for that matter, to become famous while young. And while that proves toxic for some — think Britney Spears and Michael Jackson — others seem to handle it just fine. Where are the headlines about a drunken Justin Timberlake peeing into a janitor’s bucket or pelting a neighbor’s house with eggs? Where are the stories of New Kids on the Block brawling with photographers or closing off a public street to go drag racing?

What we see in Bieber, then, seems to say less about celebrity than about one of its unfortunate byproducts: entitlement. Has anyone ever held this kid accountable for anything?

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. dmhlt_66 March 17, 2014

    If I’m willing to take full responsibility, can I take that petulant spoiled brat to the woodshed and tan his hide?

    1. ps0rjl March 17, 2014

      Great post. He’s a snot-nosed little brat who thinks the rules don’t apply to him. There comes a time when you need to grow up and quit blaming everyone else for your actions. I would love the see Justin do a week of Marine boot. He would be crying like a little girl before it was over but at least he would learn personal responsibility.

  2. lemstoll March 17, 2014

    Birds of a feather….

    1. FredAppell March 17, 2014

      You crack me up with your posts, thanks. :)))

  3. lemstoll March 17, 2014

    It’s your fault…

  4. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh March 17, 2014

    Little twerp was homeschooled because his parents didn’t think the public schools in Canada would give him the proper Christian education they wanted him to have. Somehow I think they missed a few points.

    1. latebloomingrandma March 17, 2014

      I was going to ask , where were/are the parents? It was their duty to reign him in. Most kids can’t take that instant rise to fame. Perhaps the parents liked the $$$ too much. So much for those “Christian” values.

      1. FredAppell March 17, 2014

        His parents have been too busy enjoying the fame of their son. They’re leaches that are living off his fame and fortune, which is fine if that is the agreement their family has but he’s been out of control ever since puberty. And his parents could have helped by guiding him through the rigors of growing into a young man but instead they allowed him to become what he is today. “Can’t risk losing their meal ticket by being parents first can they”?

      2. DavidWNaas March 17, 2014

        His parents are off getting drunk with Billy Ray Cyrus, but that’s just my opining.

  5. Jambi March 17, 2014

    All “cute boy bands” and “wannabe rappers” like this clown only last about ten minutes…ignore the little twerp

    1. FredAppell March 17, 2014

      It’s impossible to ignore him, his name is everywhere. He’s like a bad dream that keeps slinking it’s way into our sub-conscience.

  6. HUNTERVIC March 17, 2014


    Will someone please slap a stamp on his butt and mail him back to Canada….really.

    1. catnip2430 April 6, 2014

      We would but Canada would just send him right back with “Address (Country) Not Found” stamped on his butt

  7. Daphne Starke March 17, 2014


  8. ridemybroom March 17, 2014

    ” This Kid” as you called him is 20 yrs old…he doesnt know when to drop childish ways…who made him famous…wasnt me and i assure you i dont buy his no talent, no voice garbage music…blame the parents of teeny boppers who allowed their children and paid for their tickets to go and see such crap…this is how America get ruined…Canada did the right thing in sending him here….they at least saw what was coming…and America said gladly with open arms…

  9. JDavidS March 17, 2014

    This little jerk-off gets a tat and all of a sudden thinks he’s a tough guy. He needs to be taken out and bitch-slapped ’til he squeals for his mommy. And I know a lot of guys…and a few women, who’d stand in line to do it. His music is nauseating, he’s nauseating and his “tough guy” act is nauseating. Oh, damn near forgot…his droopy-assed pants…

  10. Bill Boltz March 18, 2014

    What he needs is to be shown proper justice as anyone else, (without millions of bucks behind them) would be. Community service then jail if that that didn’t work. Actually being acquainted with the disciplinary side of life might benefit this little asshole.

  11. David March 24, 2014

    Hes learning the hard way but its not our fault. sure, he party hard but dont need to overdo it. He needs to respect his neighbors but he didnt . We dont need that kind of people here in USA


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