Thursday, February 22, 2024

Justin Bieber’s Big Mistake Backfiring: Fans Object to Snippets of MLK Speeches Bolstering Banal Pop Love Songs


Martin Luther King– Doctor King– is a guest on Justin Bieber’s new album called “Justice.”

A snippet of Dr King precedes the first song, called “2 Much,” which is not a political song but a dopey Bieber love song. Dr. King is listed as a songwriter along with Bieber and his crew!

Then halfway through an album of like minded material comes an “MLK Interlude” in which Dr. King talks about taking control of one’s life at age 38 and dying for the cause. That is cut into a love song called “Die For You.”

Bieber is using Dr. King for branding or something. It’s absolutely mindless and I expect there to be brushback when the album is widely listened to in the morning. How weird and awful.

Indeed, Twitter is aflame Friday morning with criticism of the pop star for juxtaposing Dr. King’s words with songs about loving Bieber’s wife, Hailey!

It’s not the album is themed around social justice. It’s just that Dr. King has been used as book ends for Bieber’s monotone induced love crap. What the heck is going on?

And how is it that Scooter Braun or someone in Bieber’s team didn’t stop him from doing this?

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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