I am the only one on this planet saying so, but there is far too much hatred and negative emotion being thrown at the “Biebs” these days. I’m not a fan of his music by any means, but the amount of hatred floating around the internet and in society in general, that is directed toward this one, confused, troubled, arrogant young man is just slightly ridiculous. Looking at thetoptens.com, a site that allows users to vote for different lists, Justin Bieber is listed as the most hated person of all time. He outranks Adolf Hitler; the man responsible for World War II and the Holocaust, he outranks Osama Bin Laden, and even Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus Christ. This is obviously not an academic or objective site, but clearly there has been some voting, and of the thousands on that page, Bieber is worse than Hitler.
Killing millions of Jews and being a catalyst in starting the largest war in history is pretty bad, but writing some bad music, being a “pretty-boy”, treating fans like garbage and having a generally arrogant demeanor is worse? This is starting to go overboard now, folks. It may be time to stop hating on this kid and realize that much like killing Obi Wan Kenobi, hating on Justin Bieber only seems to be making him stronger than we can possibly imagine.
While the whole “spitting on adoring fans” incident and a few other choice events throughout his career may warrant a “tsk tsk” or head shake, here are ten reasons for which people hate on Bieber that are ludicrous. After all, if you hate something, just try not to pay attention to it, because to paraphrase Gandhi; “spending time hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. I think that was Gandhi… Might have been Bono, strange how I get those two mixed up. Note that there are still reasons to dislike him. His musical talent is questionable, his treatment of fans is below disrespectful and his criticism of other artists (such as The Beatles and Michael Jackson) has been unnecessary. However, plenty of people throw stupid reasons onto this pile of hate. I’m a reformed Bieber-hater myself, but I have realized that there is some poor logic that is being thrown around regarding the hatred of the young singer.
10. His Movies
I haven’t seen Never Say Never or Believe, and I doubt I ever will. I’m not interested in learning more than I know about his life and work, and biopics on musicians in general are just not what draw my attention. However, people who say “he sold out” and such things because he has allowed two movies to be made about his life are, like many of his haters, grasping for reasons to hate the lad.
“He made these flicks just for the money” is a sentiment offered up in criticism. That is one reason people make movies. They entertain people and make money. This should not be new information to anyone. If you grew up poor and became a massive success (congratulations), chances are your story is worth telling. Bieber’s is too.
9. He Looks and Sounds Like a Girl
People have been hating on him since he was first discovered because apparently he looked like a female and sounded like one too. It’s called puberty folks, and for much of their early years, many males have high pitched voices.
As per the “looks like a girl” critique, he isn’t the most masculine looking person out there, but the fact that people cite this as a reason to hate him is silly and ignorant. If you’re a male, saying another male looks like a female is essentially implying that he may be pretty. This leads into my next point.
8. For Being A “Pretty Boy”
I have said this before and I’ll say it again, criticizing a male celebrity because they are a “pretty-boy” is laughable. Justin Bieber is a decent looking guy, who clearly takes care of himself and keeps in shape. As previously mentioned, he has some feminine features, but given the amount of women who love him, it’s not really anyone’s concern. Hating on “pretty-boys” makes a man look jealous. Find another reason (spitting on fans is a good one).
7. Women Love Him
This isn’t something that anyone wants to read or hear, but read on, it’s good for you. Hating a man because millions of women (of many ages) wish to join him in bed is another example of jealousy. An alternative method to dealing with jealousy is to strive to be better, but most people are content to just despise. In this case, because the young singer can have his choice of women, he is a target for many men who wish they had the same appeal and renown.
6. His Choice Of Friends (Sports Teams/Athletes)
Over the past year, Bieber has been photographed hanging out with many other stars, including the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team and more recently, Floyd Mayweather. The Steelers seemed happy to have him around and the friendship that he and Mayweather share is very well documented. Clearly, the kid is well liked by those who know him. The fact that athletes are willing to be seen with this young man is no reason to hate either party involved. It’s time to get past the fact that he gets to hang out with professional athletes and return to the fact that he insulted The Beatles.
5. His Violent Streak
It’s no secret that Bieber has had his share of violent incidents. Multiple fights with paparazzi and a run-in with his neighbor are just some of the most notorious. We are taught from early childhood that violence is wrong but that doesn’t deter everyone. Justin Bieber is just another example of a young man, full of testosterone and money, who has gotten fed up a few times and taken some swings at people. While most of the incidents could have been avoided, no matter how thick-skinned someone is, imagine dealing with the constant harassment Bieber does. You’d want to hit people too.
With regard to his numerous violent turns with paparazzi; those people earn what they get. In fact, it’s actually surprising that more celebs don’t try to knock them out. The bottom line is: males in their teens and early 20’s are violent; Bieber’s no exception.
4. His “Lack of Talent”
Haters can say any number of things about Justin Bieber that essentially entail what they believe to be a lack of talent. They will say he is a poor song writer. They may also say that he does not write his own music, which is untrue. He has written plenty of his songs, while others he has just performed. Furthermore, his voice is often criticized, but at the end of the day, he sells records. Why is that? Because he is a marketable product. He is a product that plenty of people want, and that, in and of itself, is more of talent and an asset than anything else.
3. The Anne Frank Incident
Plenty of people had plenty to say after Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House. Anne Frank is one of the most widely known victims of the Holocaust; a German-born Jewish girl who hid in the Netherlands with her family throughout much of World War II.
While touring Europe, Bieber and his posse visited a museum dedicated to her experience during that awful time. He wrote in the museum’s guest book: “truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber”. He took a lot of criticism for this message; mostly the last sentence, “hopefully she would have been a belieber”. It’s undoubtedly a stupid thing to say, as it essentially boils down to nothing more than “I hope this historical figure would have approved of my life’s work”. Still, those who wanted to get angry found their ammunition. Don’t get me wrong, it was a stupid thing to write, but definitely not something that should have been this newsworthy.
2. Because He’s Not A Role Model
This one is a popular critique for parents to use of any celebrity who doesn’t maintain a flawless public image at all times. Of course he’s not a role model, he’s a pop musician! Tom Brady isn’t a role model either, nor is George Clooney. This is a criticism offered up by parents who want a scapegoat for their own kids’ bad behavior. If a teen is going to take drugs, solicit hookers, piss in mop buckets and drive too fast, it will likely be because of parenting flaws rather than Justin Bieber doing it.
As George Carlin once said “kids don’t smoke because a camel in sunglasses tell them to. They smoke for the same reason that adults do, because it’s an enjoyable activity that relieves anxiety and depression”. Kids won’t emulate things Bieber does unless they have useless parents who haven’t already taught them right from wrong.
1. His Money
As it stands right now, Justin Bieber has enough money that, if invested and treated properly, his progeny will not have to work if they don’t want to. I don’t mean his kids, I mean his kids’ grandchildren and so on. As I hinted at earlier, Justin Bieber is a marketable product and as such, he has made buckets of money; check that, wheelbarrows of money. If this is why you hate Justin Bieber, find other reasons, because this is the ultimate example of jealousy.
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