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Why The Internet Hates Justin Bieber [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Dave Parrack 02-02-2014

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 Relive the Web of the 1990s by Visiting These 9 Old Websites These nine websites were cutting edge back in the day. They came before the advent of super-slick graphics and Web 2.0, but today serve as nostalgic reminders of how far web development has come. Read More 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 Silence Is Golden: The 5 Worst Singers Found On YouTube YouTube is truly one of the tent-poles of the Internet, being one of the few websites known and loved by all. And with good reason. It's the home to millions of video clips covering all... Read More 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 A Beginner's Guide to Making Music With Audacity at Home Audacity is a fantastic piece of software for all musicians. Here's how to use Audacity to make music at home! Read More , 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

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  1. Bob
    December 29, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I dont know why the hate for Bieber. I hate jessica simpson, the no talent bitch of branding. They took her name and goofy face and sold it to millions of gullible fools, ugly clothes, perfume, made in china this crap or the other. Meanwhile she's so dumb i doubt she could figure out how to open the hood of her own car. And she has a net worth of $150 million (FWIW BIeber $200 million). I don't know what to think of a society so obtuse and shallow that it makes two such dubious people rich and famous.

  2. Chris F
    February 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

    We should all just call him Miley Cyrus in his face, and ask "Miley Cyrus" for autographs, and fashion advice. We should also ask "Miley Cyrus" to show us his boobs too.. That'll piss him off.

    • dragonmouth
      February 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Billy Ray Cyrus invited Justin to spend some time at his spread and chill out.

  3. dragonmouth
    February 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Justin Bieber is a rich, spoiled brat that needs to be put across someone's knee and spanked. Since Justin is Mommy's and Daddy's gift to the world, obviously they will not be the ones doing the spanking.

    Neither the "lovers" not the "haters" know what those emotions really are like. The tweener "lovers" just have a adolescent crush on Justin and the "haters" no more than dislike him. If they really "hated" him, there would death threats and attempts on his life. Based on his actions, Justin is the only one that hates Justin.

    "The Internet likes real rather than fake."
    The Internet likes outrageous, whether real or contrived. The more outrageous, the better.

    "The Internet has good taste in music."
    Cough, cough, choke!!! Next Joke!

    "Justin Bieber isn’t a very good singer."
    But he's popular.
    How many of today's singers are "good"? They are controversial, they are outrageous, they are popular. But popularity is not synonymous with quality.

    "The Internet likes what is fresh and new."
    The Internet has the attention span of a goldfish. It is forever looking for the latest stupid and outrageous. Justin provides that on the daily basis.

    "Justin Bieber is a phenomenon."
    Only a temporary one. The "lovers" will outgrow their childish crush. The "haters" will find some other "phenomenon" to "hate". Justin himself will finally grow up and decide to put away the childish things. If he doesn't, he'll wind up doing hard time being somebody's bitch.

    • P-L
      February 3, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Completely agree

  4. Katharine W
    February 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I neither love nor hate Bieber. I don't like his music, and I think he's turned into an arrogant brat, but honestly I sometimes find the level of hate "the internet" has for him kind of disturbing. I mean it seems pretty clear that his parents are enabling famewhores who screwed him out of any normal childhood. His father was present when he was drag racing under the influence. I mean, there you go. In my opinion they're the ones we should hate, not a 19 year old who's been brainwashed since the age of 12 into thinking he's the center of the universe.

    • dragonmouth
      February 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Justin may be 19 physically but psychologically he is till 13. He is doing the things we all did at the age of 13 and 14, except given his money, his pranks are way more dangerous.

      There is a saying: "The smaller the grain of sand, the more it thinks itself the center of the Universe."

      • Attac Mage
        December 24, 2017 at 12:56 am

        Well, anyone who didn't have any sort of moral compass or brain when they were that age. I do agree with the grain of sand bit though. I'd say he's psychologically 4, and has the emotions and feelings of a 15-year-old.