You’re probably aware of Justin Bieber’s recent outburst at a British photographer. If not, here it is (Warning: quite a lot of coarse language):
If you missed what happened exactly, Bieber pushed his way past one of the photographers on the way to his car, which he didn’t take too kindly to say the least. He then told him to “f*** off back to America”, which is when Justin got out of the car and launched himself in the photographer’s direction.
Some have theorised that this is the beginning of the cliché “superstar downfall” process which sees major stars spiral into drug addiction and disgrace – after all, this is the culmination of one pretty crap week in JB’s life as a star. It all started when he decided to arrive at his concert two hours late in an attempt to be cool, which is, in all fairness, absolutely moronic. He got stressed out, then he threw up on stage, then later collapsed while backstage, then this happened. It’s fair to understand that he’d get irate, but still, it’s pretty much his own fault.
Or is it? On the other hand, the photographer was a member of the paparazzi, who are notorious for not knowing when to just back off. They make a living out of being invasive, so there’s always that looming hint of irony that this particular pap got so worked up about Justin effectively invading his personal space. I can totally understand getting annoyed at people constantly poking a camera into my face, especially at such close range, without my permission, and I’d probably react in a similar way if they then spoke to me like that.
Either way, the ultimate conclusion is that Justin Bieber has vowed to never return to the UK, which is effectively alienating an entire first world international super-power from your fanbase. Not a smart move. I’m no fan of Justin so personally I couldn’t care less, but there are plenty of people who do, who will quite possibly remind him very soon that his actions were rash, no matter how justified they may or may not have been.
I’m sure we haven’t heard the end of this, so we’ll just have to wait and see if he learns any lessons from this.