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:
Hilary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOarssJWHhI