In today’s society celebrities are stalked by paparazzi and every shred of their past, present and potential future is draped across the covers of gossip rags. This has been America’s great addiction in this new age. We feel the need to know those we admire even if that need is met with weightless rumors. The pressure we put on today’s celebrities is not only to entertain us but to walk the fine line between appreciation and disgrace. This line is only held intact by the whims of the masses, if a star does not meet the image we approve of they are cast out as a bad apple. We love to turn against our most talented stars especially if they display what appears to be unearned distress.
The case of Justin Bieber is one of the most fascinating. The young star was discovered in 2008 by American talent manager Scooter Braun, Braun came across Justin on YouTube when he was just fourteen. Braun would later become his manager. Braun signed Justin to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), and then to an Island Records recording contract offered by record executive L.A. Reid. His debut the seven-track My World was released in November 2009, and was certified platinum in the United States. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Bieber’s first full-length studio album, My World 2.0, was released in March 2010. It debuted at or near number-one in several countries and was certified platinum in the United States. It was preceded by the single “Baby”. He followed up the release of his debut album with his first headlining tour, the My World Tour, the remix album My world Acoustics and Never Say Never-The Remixes, and the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Bieber released his second studio album Under The Mistletoe in November 2011, when it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200. Bieber released his third studio album Believe on June 19, 2012, and it became his fourth chart topper in the United States, debuting at number-one on the Billboard 200.
His career seemed to be untouchable, the Canadian native’s good looks and amazing talent had fans around the world under his spell. Unfortunately, in early 2013 trouble began shortly after his public split from girlfriend of two years Selena Gomez. In January photo’s emerged of him partaking it what appears to Marijuana. This would be the first time Justin would stray from his good boy image but it was not the last. His behavior would grow increasingly erratic and dangerous. In November of 2013 while on tour in Brazil Justin was spotted being escorted by his bodyguards out of a known brothel while hidden under a blanket. He would welcome in 2014 by egging a neighbor’s home and causing twenty thousand dollars worth of damages. This act would lead to the Singer’s mansion being raided by police and the arrest of Justin’s good friend Lil Za for drug possession. It was rumored that the drugs actually belonged to Mr. Bieber. After a night of hard partying in Miami Beach with his father and a few pals, Justin rented a yellow Lamborghini and went for a ride. Apparently a street race began which caught the attention of police. They pulled him over and booked him for DUI and resisting arrest. He admitted his mom gave him anti-anxiety prescription medication he took shortly before the arrest. The toxicology report shows he tested positive for marijuana and prescription medication.
Throughout the years we have seen many young stars fall from grace. Some on the list would be Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Macaulay Culkin and many more. Be it through mental illness or substance abuse all of these child stars have been publicly ridiculed and tossed out like yesterdays mistake. It begs the question; do we as consumers apply too much pressure to these young entertainers? If someone were to give me a fortune and limited supervision at fourteen as well as untold expectations I could not guarantee that I would not follow suit with these examples. Justin Bieber is behaving very poorly and much to the detriment of his own future he seems hell bent on this rebellion. Although in my mind he is rebelling against the watchful eye of us as community. Those that stalk him, demand he be a certain way and then lash out if steps out of line. Are we not in some ways responsible for this young man’s suffering?