If you’ve had a chance to look at our recently-released 25 Crushable Guys Under 25 List, which came out a little earlier today, you’ve probably noticed that Justin Bieber isn’t on it. “Well that’s odd,” you likely thought to yourself, “isn’t that a list of talented, up-and-coming guys under the age of twenty-five with promising careers ahead of them? Why wouldn’t Bieber be on that list?” Well allow me to enlighten you.
Bottom line, we don’t think Justin is up-and-coming. Or we hope he isn’t, at least. There was a time when he was full of potential, when I had to snatch my iPod out of someone’s hand before they accidentally scrolled into my secret collection of his music. He had gotten discovered off of YouTube, and he was grateful for his success and eager to prove himself in the industry.
But those days are so incredibly over. I can’t remember the last time that Justin was in the news for anything music-related, although you’d be hard-pressed to get the remaining Beliebers — a surprisingly large and fanatic group, considering his behavior of late — to admit that. As their idol has become more and more erratic, they’ve continued to cling stubbornly to the same excuses, flooding our Twitter feeds with death threats and insults when we dare to write about anything other than his charitable donations and the fact that he’s ‘focusing on the music’.
But anyone with an objective eye can’t deny that something seems very wrong in Justin Bieber’s life. In the past year or so, a ton of stories escalating in weirdness have circulated about him. Some are unconfirmed rumors, sure, but others are documented facts. And even if only ten percent were true, it would still present a worrying picture of what his career has come to. Here are just a few of the things Justin has been accused of in the last twelve months alone:
Peeing in the bucket at that restaurant. Underage drinking. Spitting on his fans. Spitting on his neighbors. Bragging about implicit drug use on Instagram. Tagging a wall with grafitti. Cheating on Selena Gomez. Abandoning multiple pets in various countries. Roaming London shirtless on his birthday. Being accused of a hit-and-run. Threatening paparazzi with assault. Getting booed at the Billboard Awards. Saying that Anne Frank would have been a Belieber. Showing up late to his own concerts. Going to a full-on brothel in Brazil. Smoking pot while riding a Segway. Bonding with Chris Brown. Spending $7,000 on a single stripper. Covering himself in nonsense tattoos. Ending the marriage between Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom.
I could go on, but I think (or at least I hope) you get the point. Unless this kid pulls it together, I have to assume that his career is gonna completely stall out one of these days very soon. Particularly because his newest idiot move was to publicly fault his own record label, Def Jam, for the fact that the new material he’s been releasing every Monday has been under-performing. He posted on his Twitter, ‘wish def jam would work harder on my project labels are shady’, officially calling out the only people out there who still see him as an artist and place value in his earning potential.
The weak sales couldn’t possibly be due to the fact that he puts exactly zero percent of his energy into producing new material and exactly one hundred into ruining the last shreds of his reputation — I’m sure this is somehow his label’s fault, and putting them on blast in the Twitter-sphere is definitely the best way to handle it.
So no, we don’t think he’s up and coming. In fact, we’re kind of hoping he’s down-and-going, so we can replace him with Austin Mahone, who did make the list and is already waiting in the wings with his own fan base, the Mahomies, to pick up the crown of enthusiastic pop singer where Bieber dropped it ungratefully in the dust. May you wear it more proudly than Justin ever did.
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