Monday, May 27, 2024

Justin Bieber’s Ridiculous New Video: Is He Playing Hilary Swank or Anne Murray?


The video for Justin Bieber’s song, “As Long as You Love Me” is out. It’s ridiculous. Bieber looks a cross between Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry ” and a young Anne Murray. He’s supposed to be a rebel who wants to run off with his girlfriend. Michael Madsen, who’s at least a foot or more taller and fifty pounds heavier minimum–plays the girl’s father. When he beats up Justin, it’s laughable. Bieber’s bruise make up is sort of pathetic.

Forget that the song itself isn’t really a song–it’s just a chorus and a drum track. As it plays, Bieber is made to endure looking like a fool. He is not macho. Nothing will change that. He’s more like a nacho, and Madsen looks  like he’s going to devour him. Rapper Big Sean has a cameo rapping, and he’s a welcome diversion. His rap at least has some edge.

But except to clueless young tween girls, Justin Bieber exudes the sex appeal of a Rubbermaid kitchen mat. This video is a severe mistake. Bieber’s album is already a bust sales wise. It needed a hit single. This is more like a bunt to the pitcher, who throws him out at first.

Justin Bieber was better off courting the Donny Osmond-Clay Aiken crowd. He isn’t James Dean. He’s Treble with a Cause. The poor kid. Maybe let him grow hair in, give him clothes that look masculine, for god’s sake. Give him a fighting chance.

Photo: Anne Murray cNigel Dixon

“As Long You Need Me” Video:

Anne Murray:

Hilary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry:”




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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