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The question caught me off guard. The person asking was someone who I’d never in a million years ever think would admit to listening to a Justin Bieber song, let alone liking it! Yet here he was, quietly asking me over the phone, while we worked on setting up a Juniper router. I had only one answer…
“I know! It’s catchy, and I’m confused because I like it too!”
I’ve been pretty hard on the Biebs over the years. I’m not entirely sure that he deserves the super star status given to him at such a young age. Whatever talent he may or may not possess was greatly overshadowed by his cuteness and the music machine that moulded his public image. Where’s the street cred? Show me the trail of blood, sweat and tears that he overcame to get to where he is today. Like so many great musical geniuses out there… I’m looking at you Britney! And Miley… what happened to you? Come back from the dark side, Miley!
But there’s something about this new album. It’s not even just What Do You Mean? (The song in question, which unfortunately still has a douche-bag music video) but several of the tracks aren’t just tolerable… they’re actually good. I’ve been listening to Love Yourself as well. It’s not quite as catchy, but it’s still good.
So yes, friend… I think it’s fair to say… it’s not wrong to like the new Justin Bieber song… just don’t tell anyone. Or write a blog post about it.
I’m known to be pretty hard on The Biebs… and for good reason (I think). I still say that he’s a talentless hack… a product of marketing… a pretty face to drive teenage girls crazy until the next teen heart throb comes along. And I guess that’s fine. That’s what the music industry produces now, so that’s what we’re stuck with.
But what’s not fine is the punk attitude that oozes from his pores. He acts like a larger than life caricature, when in reality he’s simply lucky enough to have been plucked from YouTube obscurity and given everything that he could ever desire.
Need proof? How’s this?
Justin Bieber received a Diamond Jubilee medal from Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday.
Now I’m no fan of Stephen Harper in the least, but I AM a traditionalist when it comes to respecting the authority that is granted to him by the office he holds. If I was receiving an honour from the Prime Minister, I’m pretty sure that his staff wouldn’t let me anywhere near him if I was wearing my ballcap and hoodie! If MY son attended a ceremony with the Prime Minister and he showed up looking like an idiot, I’d be embarrassed to the point of wanting to rip that stupid backward ballcap off his head. I don’t care if Bieber had a concert that night or not… these people can change from one outfit into another completely new one in less time than it takes me to find a pair of socks without holes. It’s ridiculous.
Show some respect, you ungrateful little punk.
Punk, I say.
Do I really need to say anything? Do I?
Imagine this for a moment. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a perfect utopia? A world where peace prevails, everyone has enough food and clean water, and you don’t have to hear about Justin Bieber every time you turn on the TV or surf the internet? Wouldn’t that be nice? Sure it would be.
I’m getting just a wee bit sick and tired of seeing Bieber. The kid might have some appeal to teenie-bopper girls, but his hyper-inflated fame is getting out of control. When I heard that Justin Bieber and Ozzy were teaming up for a Super Bowl commercial, I almost choked on my tongue. I still can’t believe it, but look… there’s the picture. Ozzy really isn’t my thing, but I thought he had a little more self-respect than this. I’m secretly hoping that he bites Bieber’s head off. Now that would be a memorable commercial!
I can tell you this.. whatever product they’re promoting I will never buy!
Bieber, you suck!
If you’ve been reading my blog (and I’m sure that you have been, as it’s the best way to tell whether I’ve been naughty or nice) then you are well aware of the fact that I have an ongoing love affair with Apple iTunes. In fact, I’ve been considering whether I want to propose to iTunes when my divorce is finalized, or simply keep her as my not-so-secret lover.
iTunes is the best thing to happen to me since Kraft Whipped peanut butter appeared on the shelves. Whether she provides me with the latest music, music videos, or iPhone apps, she is always there to take care of me in my time of need. I love her but there are days when that spark flickers dangerously low. This is one of those days…
Santa, my iTunes account balance is $0.33… that’s not even enough for a Justin Bieber reject… I fear without an immediate injection of money, she will see me for the loser I am, and leave me for another man with deeper pockets. Please Santa… if not for Love, then for Lust… shower me with pre-paid iTunes cards… Let an old man enjoy the sweet touch of music once more…
Love him or hate him, Justin Bieber is everywhere… Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what side of the fence I’m on. The ironic thing about this post is that my anti-Bieber Firefox extension will remove his name from my own website when I try to read it! Awesome!
This quiz is from The Oatmeal. I’m sure that there are a ton of these things around, but this is the first one that has been sent to me. Love it.