Defending Justin Bieber

The Bieb falls victim to death threats, slander and hate

Justin Bieber has insane fans. Even more insane though, are his vitriolic enemies. The Huffington Post recently reported that the 2011 Grammy Award nominee for Best Pop Vocal Album has been generating some disturbing trends on Google. Recent so-called “Hot Searches” include the slanderous and fraudulent terms:

Bieber at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll

  • Justin Bieber takes estrogen pills (trending in seventh place)
  • Justin Bieber molests fan (trending in first place)
  • Justin Bieber removes left testicle (trending in first place)
  • Justin Bieber hermaphrodite (trending in third place, June 24, 2010)
  • Justin Bieber syphilis (trending in first place June 13, 2010)
  • Justin Bieber impregnated his mother (trending in third place, June 13, 2010)
  • Justin Bieber converts to scientology (trending in fourth place July, 21, 2010)

The fact that these terms are trending so high in Google searches indicates that people are searching, writing and talking about these topics on a massive scale. The particularly disturbing “Justin Bieber impregnated his mother” trend generates over 125,000 results when searched for on Google, and is, of course, patently false.

Rolling Stone Magazine’s recent quote of Bieber stating that he is anti-abortion did nothing to stem the tide of vitriolic hate-propaganda. Considering the fact that pop icons like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and the like are continually doing and saying controversial and scandalous things, the volume of flack the then 16-year-old Bieber received for airing his conservative Christian view on abortion was unprecedented and disproportionate.

Bieber’s exact quote was, “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby.” When asked about abortion in cases of rape, the youth replied, “Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

The reaction to Bieber’s words was so extreme that author Vanessa Grigoriadis of Rolling Stone Magazine and Bieber’s interviewer came out and defended Bieber in an unprecedented statement with PopEater saying, “I think he meant that God has a plan. Even for the most die-hard Christian, it’s hard to justify rape as part of God’s plan, and harder to justify rape that leads to pregnancy and abortion. I think he was wrestling with that in his answer, which I found to be solid and logical. I think it is being widely misunderstood. He did not say that rape was part of God’s plan.”

But that hullabaloo was a minor peak in the ongoing blitz of degrading and violent hate speech spewed by anti-Bieber vigilantes.  There are at least three I Hate Justin Bieber groups on Facebook, in addition to numerous other groups with titles like Shut The F*** Up Justin Bieber and Kill Justin Bieber.

In fact, the slanderous hate comments you will find if you search on Facebook, Twitter or Google are so sadistic and explicit that they bring to mind the teen bullying tactics which allegedly motivated a rash of tragic child suicides in late 2010.

Bieber at a Nintendo Store event, September 1,2009

One website commenter posted, “This is so great. I never really realized how many people hate [Bieber] like I do. And it has nothing to do with the fact that he is gay. I don’t dislike gay people, I just hate his music. I hate him. I hate his ugly rat face and most of all I hate this stupid Bieber fever that is the most ridiculous excuse for people to act like d*** idiots over a ugly a** rat faced talentless d***** b**! I really enjoy the hatred for him … we wanna throw him off a bridge and ourselves every time his s***** songs are played. THNX!!!”

Another even less eloquent person posted on a forum last week, “[Bieber] is so f****** gay I would kill him soooooo bad. Take a shot gun to him and a 22. Kill him.”

And it’s not just kids spreading this toxic vitriol. While many such comments do appear to be authored by children, who need more parental monitoring online in this author’s opinion, some sound a little too adult to be dismissed as mere juvenile tomfoolery.

According to JOE, an Irish men’s entertainment magazine, what’s inspiring the rampant hatred is, “The floppy hair. The autobiographical movie at the age of 16. The cringe-worthy TV flirting with 30 year old women. Men of all ages are being brought together through Bieber hatred.”

In the past decades, boy bands and teen celebrities have come and gone. Consider The Backstreet Boys, The Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana, or Mary-Kate & Ashley. So why is Justin Bieber inspiring such a dramatically adverse reaction? Apparently, the fact that a teenage boy can sing, make lots of money and have sex appeal, is too much for some malcontents to stomach.  But could all this anti-Bieber venom really be a product of simple jealousy?

As one Bieber-basher posted on an article by The Daily Mail, “I kinda hate Justin Bieber because there is singers and bands out there fighting real hard for a record deal … spending [their] own cash on a record deal that they could have been waiting for [their] whole lives. Then suddenly Baby Bieber comes along and does it in a year. This is the most frustrating thing about Justin Bieber for me.”

Another possibility is that there is an anti-Christian faction who can’t stand the idea that Bieber has rocketed to stardom without compromising or abandoning his morals or religious views. While the motivations for Bieber hatred are no doubt numerous and wide-ranging, it is this author’s opinion that The Bieb has fallen victim to the age-old bitterness of jealousy and a latent anti-Christian sentiment that is evident in many of the slanderous remarks of his attackers.

About the Author:

Singer, songwriter and pianist, Jennifer Grassman is an award-winning recording artist based in Houston, Texas. Subscribe by RSS feed and read more from Jennifer at www.JenniferGrassman.com. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter or Facebook.


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Jennifer Grassman is a singer, songstress and pianist who inadvertently became a music industry trailblazer in the wake of the digital revolution. In addition to penning her quirky music industry column, "The Business of Being Diva," Jennifer writes songs and performs concert tours. Jennifer’s accomplishments include being nominated Houston’s best female vocalist and best songwriter and was named best keyboardist in the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards. She assisted in a campaign that raised more than $100,000 for CrimeStoppers and was commended by musician Tori Amos for her charitable efforts on behalf of domestic-abuse victims.  Jennifer has released three CDs, the most recent of which, "Serpent Tales & Nightingales," received accolades from Christianity Today, the Houston Chronicle and Brian Ray and the guitarist of Paul McCartney's band. You can check out Jennifer’s music at www.JenniferGrassman.com, like her on Facebook and tweet her at www.Twitter.com/JGrassman.

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