Thursday, May 23, 2024

Justin Bieber, Blaming “Paps,” Starting to Act Like Michael Jackson At His Worst


Justin Bieber is blaming the “paps” for making him lose his way this week. Using Twitter as his means of communication, Bieber told fans today that the paparazzi have made him start a show two hours late one night, then have a melt down, a doctor’s visit, and a major interruption before finishing the next show.

Who knows? Maybe there’s some substance to that. But Bieber is starting to act like Michael Jackson at his worst.

Jackson was famous in his career for pulling stunts. He knew how to get attention and publicity better than anyone. From wearing pajamas to court, to calling in sick instead of doing a show (HBO, Beacon Theater). Let’s not forget Michael pulling up at a local politician’s office to ask why there weren’t more fast food franchises in the sleep Santa Ynez Valley. When Michael was feeling blue, lonely, or out of the spotlight, he was an expert at this.

And so Justin Bieber, not as talented and many years younger, is now exhibiting signs of the same malady. First it was the constant car problems– speeding, minor accidents, tinted windows. Now it’s in concert–showing up 2 hours late, to boos a few nights ago. And last night, stopping the show, feigning illness, causing a delay and making a big point of returning to the stage. In between, posting pictures of himself shirtless (this seems like a really big deal to him, this shirtless thing) on Instagram.

What will it be tonight? Well, that’s the whole point. Bieber, who turned 19 this week and pouted about his “worst birthday,” is on a roll now. It was inevitable. He’s become addicted to attention very quickly.


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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