By Maxine Todd
Poor Justin Bieber hasn’t been having the best week. Turning up almost two hours late to his London O2 Arena show on Monday much to the anger of thousands of mums, fainting on stage last night causing a twenty minute delay, and of course that “worst birthday” tweet. A lot of negativity has surrounded the Canadian heartthrob recently, but it’s not the first time, and probably won’t be the last. So where did all this hate for The Biebs stem from?
We first met a 15-year-old Bieber back in 2009, when the undoubtedly catchy One Time was released, and since then there has been an abundance of rumours set out to tarnish the stars reputation. From getting a girl pregnant to smoking weed, you only have to Google his name to see the many allegations that have been made in the past few years. Many would argue that this is the price of fame, which of course is true, but why is Justin Bieber the most popular celebrity in the world a target of this treatment? Why has it become standard procedure to hate him? Just the other day I saw a tip jar in a bar which read, “Every time you tip Justin Bieber dies a little.” If this was about any other person it would seem totally inappropriate, but when it’s Bieber, it’s acceptable, the norm.
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Okay, so you’re not a fan of his music? I’m not going to claim that either album has been a musical masterpiece, but it’s harmless and undeniably catchy, even if it pains you to say. There’s plenty of music out there that is a LOT worse yet doesn’t receive the same kind of criticism as Bieber’s. Surely you can dislike his music without actually disliking him?
My love for The Biebs properly took off in 2011, when I first watched his film Never Say Never and realised that as well as producing incredibly catchy tunes, he is in fact very, very talented. He plays piano, guitar and drums, as well as boasting THAT voice.
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With the release of Believe in 2012 my guilty obsession grew. The first single, Boyfriend, was reminiscent of classic Justin Timberlake and I played it on repeat on my iPod for weeks. The album quickly became part of my summer soundtrack, so when the tour was announced I just HAD to get tickets.
Eight months later I made my way to London and fortunately saw Bieber at his Tuesday night O2 Arena show which ran smoothly (no two hour wait or twenty minute interval here) and I was not disappointed. I was probably one of the very few 20-year-olds in the building, but I had just as good a time as all the younger Beliebers.
Shortly after Carly Rae Jepsen’s supporting performance, a ten minute countdown appeared on screen, to deafeningly high-pitched screams (mine included). Bieber literally flew onto the stage, wings and all, and performed songs from Believe as well as the classics from My World. The encore was my favourite part of the night, when he performed Boyfriend and, of course, Baby. Myself and everyone around me, all at least 5 years younger, had an amazing time singing and dancing, while the mums in the building were happy to get to leave at a reasonable time, with no delays.
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There’s no doubt that Justin Bieber will continue to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons and that opinion across the world will continue to be totally divided about him, but as long as he keeps making music and touring, I’ll continue to BELIEBE.