Justin Bieber is a phenomenon. Despite being brought up as an unassuming, home-schooled Canadian kid, he has gone on to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. He has millions of adoring fans who hang on to his every word and action. And yet, this child of the ’90s is hated in no uncertain terms by the Internet. And by the Internet I mean everyone else online who isn’t a “Belieber”. But why?
The YouTube Youth
Reason Number 1: The Internet made Justin Bieber.
Justin Bieber was discovered online after his mother started uploading videos of him singing, to YouTube. He was only 12, bless him, but that didn’t stop talent manager Scooter Braun offering him a record deal. His fate was set this early, as no one likes a child prodigy who gains success at such a young age. especially when there are arguably a lot better singers going unnoticed on YouTube.
Bieber set to work using social media to boost his popularity very early on in his career. But for all the fans and advocates of the Bieb there are haters there to counter the unjustified adulation. There are several Facebook groups set aside for Justin Bieber haters, with the ‘I Hate Justin Bieber’ group alone managing 450,000 Likes.
The Butter-Wouldn’t-Melt Image
Reason Number 2: The Internet likes real rather than fake.
Justin Bieber has, for most of his career, fostered a holier-than-thou image. For many years he sported the swept fringe look that saw him likened to a short-haired young girl. His choice of clothes didn’t help, bolstering the engineered ‘Look at me, I’m still extremely young’ image. He has now changed his hair and tried to wear more age-appropriate clothing, but it’s too little, too late.
A quick search on Google Images For “Justin Bieber Looks Like A Girl” reveals this idea has spread far and wide. More recently, his appearance has been likened to that of Miley Cyrus, with some wags suggesting the two were separated at birth.
The Lack Of Talent
Reason Number 3: The Internet has good taste in music.
Justin Bieber isn’t a very good singer. Come now, we all know the truth. He can sing, just, but he’s no better than a host of other people out there, many of whom fail to make it past the audition stage on whatever Simon Cowell TV show is popular at the present time. He also doesn’t write his own songs, though he may have a hand in composing some of them.
This means his “talent” is more like ‘Brand Bieber’. For some reason he’s popular, and that’s enough to see him sell millions of records worldwide and perform to countless gullible tweens. Most people on the Internet prefer to see real talent succeed. Which means people who write and record their own compositions, and have more than just a marketable personality going for them.
The Saturation Point
Reason Number 4: The Internet likes what is fresh and new.
Justin Bieber is everywhere, all the time. This is probably the main reason the online community has taken a dislike to the Bieb. And before you say it, yes, this article is only adding to the problem, but it simply had to be written by someone, somewhere.
Bieber’s songs have millions of views on YouTube, with ‘Baby’ nearing 1 billion plays at the time of writing. Social networks become a no-go area whenever something happens to Bieber, with both lovers and haters tweeting, Facebooking, and Google Plussing the news and accompanying image/video/GIF. And then he went and got a part on CSI. Please, get off my television.
The Bad Behavior
Reason Number 5: The Internet enjoys a good celebrity meltdown.
And so we come to Bieber’s more recent activities, as he morphs from innocent teenage sensation to delinquent douchebag. What’s peculiar about Bieber’s meltdown is that we all — with the obvious exception of true Beliebers — saw it coming a mile off.
The misdemeanors started with the Anne Frank Museum controversy. Then, there was the peeing in a bucket incident, and the spitting on fans from a hotel balcony incident. Not forgetting the confrontation with paparazzi, the graffiti spraying, and the alleged dalliance with a prostitute. And now he stands accused of egging someone’s house, drag racing while under the influence, and assaulting a limo driver. Which is all completely normal behavior, obviously.
Of course, none of this hate for Justin Bieber matters one iota. Because for every sane and sensible person who hates the Bieb for the reasons outlined above, there’s a moron (or young kid who doesn’t know any better) that loves him. Bieber is, sadly, here to stay. Unless he gets deported, thrown in jail, or messed up on drugs in the meantime.
The Internet has its collective fingers and toes crossed.
Image Credit: Surian Soosay