Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bumbling Bieber


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

There should be a lower limit age cap on fame.  I would say at least 25 but then half the rock bands and pop stars on the charts today would have to go into retirement.  It amazes me how people become famous, have everything they could ever want, and they throw it away in a blaze of destruction and embarrassment.  Will people every learn?  Probably not.  It's like a train wreck: you don't want to stare but you can't look away.

Enter Justin Bieber.  I am not a fan of Mr. Bieber's music.  I'm not saying it's bad it's just 'not my thing'. However, despite my lack of participation in Mr. Bieber's career success, he has done quite well for himself. The numbers don't lie: he's the first artist to have 7 songs from his debut album chart on Billboard Hot 100, he's won American Music Awards, been nominated for Grammy's, has 40 million Twitter followers, was named Forbe's 3rd most powerful celebrity in the world, and has a net worth of 55 million dollars.  He's 19. 

Mr. Bieber was busted in Miami this past week on a DUI charge as well as resisting arrest.  Cue blaze of destruction.  He admitted to consuming alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medication.  Could this be the beginning of the end?

I think so.  But, it doesn't have to be.  Mr. Bieber can humble himself, admit his wrong to fans and society (he's a celebrity so his actions carry farther reaching consequences) and grow up.  He can change his attitude and his lack of gratitude for his good fortune in life.  He can reach out and be an example that you can chase your dreams and realize them yet still throw it away if you are not careful.  He can dedicate the lyrics in his music to lift up sobriety and smart living.  But then his albums won't sell.  And people will stop coming to the concerts.  And that's why he won't do that.

I am, however, pulling for Justin Bieber.  He's talented.  He writes his own music.  He has seen more success and money than most people will ever come close to seeing.  I admire that tenacity and pursuit of his dream.  I deplore his behavior.  I'd love to be able to say that I respect his behavior.

I hope he proves me wrong.  He could turn it all around.  There are millions watching and waiting to see what he does.  I hope he chooses wisely.  Otherwise, he'll go down in history as Justin 'Bumbling' Bieber, a has been DUI druggie who had it all and threw it all away.  May that day never come.  

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