Yes I listen to Justin Bieber, but no this has nothing to do with me. I’m talking about this kid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4v9tfSCaHg. His face annoys me so much that I won’t even dare have his face defiling my blog. But anyway, this is the video link I posted at the end of the previous post; and since I don’t feel like studying at the moment, and while my laptop is doing a weekly virus scan, I think I’d address this matter.
If you watch the video (which came out less than a month ago), it’s simply about this wacked up kid who’s obsession for Justin Bieber has influenced him to make some very wild threats against anyone and everyone who dislikes Justin Bieber. I’m going to skip all the technical details behind his “hacking” claims and also all the legalistic issues behind his case. Yes, what he’s saying, and what he wants to do is wrong in so many ways. To save time, we’re not going to go over them.
His video has had many views, and of those 1.5+ million people who’ve watched that first video, several people have made video responses against him, slandering him and raising up all those legalistic issues that I’ve opted to skip over. Everyone of course did not feel the least threatened about what he claimed to do. It’s been a month nearly and everyone’s believed him to be a sham, a simple liar.
Giving a short history of the dispute from beginning to now, he released that video, a few groups made responses to that, the kid replied back, and now the kid and his friends have finally gotten into trouble by their parents. It’s not completely over at the moment, but it’s over enough for all those 1.5+ million people to stop caring.
The thing that intrigued me the most about the whole ordeal (which lasted about 2 weeks) was the amount of attention this one kid got, over Justin Bieber. You at first see things from everyone’s point of view and you go: “Yeah, this kid shouldn’t be making these threats – genuine or not – in regards to hating famous people.” The kid just can’t go around and try to shut down everyone’s freedom to like and dislike what they want. At the same time we see that he’s abused his freedom of speech too; somehow people can say that they hate Justin Bieber (in various ways) but they can’t say that they’ll hack Justin Bieber haters.
Secondly, you look at it from the kid’s point of view. Yes, a lot of people hate Justin Bieber. I for one hate him in my own way; I won’t beat him up if I ever saw him in public, but I definitely don’t respect him. Having said that, it is of course hard to face people who hate the things that you like. For instance, it’d definitely be harder for me to relate to someone who heavily hates StarCraft II, because that’s something I like a lot and that huge difference between me and the other person would create a relational barrier.
Nonetheless, we can’t change the pattern of the world where everyone is going to be hating something that somebody else likes. The fact that there’s a like/dislike button on YouTube effectively communicates this point. As such, we can’t and shouldn’t act upon this because us liking and hating the same thing is simply a human thing. You can’t really stop something that’s natural.
Now, addressing the matter at hand, there are many people who hate Justin Bieber with a reason and would be able to express it using sensible, non-derogatory language. Like I said, I listen to some of Justin Bieber’s music. I think he can sing to a fair extent and I won’t deny that he has some respectable talent in music. The reason I hate Justin Bieber is because of the message and influence that his music has on society. A young teen who hasn’t hit puberty yet simply isn’t in any position to make a strong statement about relationships, especially through music (which is a very influential thing today). It’s sad to see Justin Bieber being used to perform songs that he probably doesn’t understand the meaning of. The lyrics are “addicting” but they portray a very immature outlook on relationships that many teens probably do hold at their age. And that’s not a bad thing because naturally teens are going to be inexperienced with relationships. But with influential music coming from Justin Bieber, teens are going to take on his view as the truth for relationships, rather than them naturally realizing (through experience) that they are immature and need to continue refining their outlook on love and sex.
Most people will simply just say that they hate something or someone without giving a legitimate reason; but there are many who know why something doesn’t please them. It was very naive of that kid to not think about why people hated Justin Bieber, and to also make such a wild lash at the world without considering the consequences. This is the immaturity I was referring to, that may have been warped thanks to Justin Bieber’s music; note the “may have”.
So that’s just an interesting observation to make about the world today, all from a single YouTube video expressing the thoughts and concerns of a young and immature boy with an obscure love of Justin Bieber. What a world we live in…
The last thing I want to address is also the amount of “fame” and attention everyone involved in this ordeal has received from the public. It almost feels like this was a huge public stunt just to get some attention. Yes, that may indeed be the case, everyone involved denies that fact, but a lot of people have raised a fair suspicion. On the topic of “popularity”, it doesn’t really matter how many hits your YouTube video gets, or how many views your blog gets; the important thing is the message you get across and whether your message does influence your audience. Some of you may be thinking towards me: “Yeah, that’s your excuse to cover up for the little readers that you have.” And I admit, my blog isn’t as popular as a Justin Bieber song. But honestly I only care about being able to make a message reach the few of those who want to hear it, nothing more. I’m not going to tell you to hit the “Subscribe” button (although there is one to the left), or to bookmark this site. That’s up to you to decide for yourselves.