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The Wrong People Are Famous: Justin Bieber

Updated on April 17, 2015

So who is this kid anyway?

Don't pretend like you don't know this already. The biebs is a worldwide popular icon that cannot be avoided by even the most isolated social recluse. Try as we might to avoid the inevitable, this kid seems to permeate our culture like a metastasized pathogen. We cannot turn on our televisions or internets without at least a slight threat of being bombarded by obsessive references to his substandard music or atrocious decision making process.


Why is he so famous?

Bieber got his start making YouTube videos and sending them out to the ravenous masses that graze the internet's most atrocious content. Discovered by the insidious troll Scooter Braun, Justin soon found himself making collabs with the also shockingly famous Usher. The two soon found themselves making horrible sounds together.

For some reason, the population became helplessly enamored with this unsubstantial drivel. A star was born. The young icon has since plagued the Billboard Hot 100 constantly, making it increasingly difficult for actual musicians to gain traction in this exponentially pointless marketplace. Comedy Central has even recently hopped on board the Bieber train, granting his very own Roast, which was actually pretty funny.


Why is this such a bad thing?

Besides being incessantly annoying, the fact that this kid is so influential is actually harmful to the course of humanity. Not only is he beloved by millions of easily manipulated dumb people, he is also a highly polarizing agent in our society. His music and videos do receive an unexplainable amount of positive praise, but they are also among the most hated pieces of content on the entire internet.

The fact that this stuff brings so much displeasure to so many should be enough to dissuade this phenomenon, but it persists. This kid is worth a staggering $200 Million. That amount of money could be employed to do immeasurable good in the world, but no. Instead, it sits in his bank account, waiting idle until the day he decides to buy another Lamborghini, a confused spider monkey, or some other horrible purchase. This money could be used to further cancer research, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, or be used to combat any one of a vast array of humanity's problems. This could be the case, but no, he has apparently earned it by screaming baby, baby, baby, over and over again.

Not only is this a gigantic waste of our country's monetary resources, he is also an exceptionally poor role model. I do not know why adult humans allow their kids to look up to this example, when his life decisions would otherwise be looked down on in our society. If he wan't famous, that is. Here is a short list of his indiscretions: assaulting a limousine driver, drunk driving, vandalizing a hotel, drinking sizzurp, hiring strippers, all of those stupid tattoos, fighting paparazzi, hindering women's reproductive rights, oh and making terrible music. When he isn't doing one of these horrifically counterproductive things, his only apparently redeeming quality is having the uncanny ability to piggyback on the success of existing celebrities.


Who should we look up to instead?

I nostalgically look back to the days when our childhood idols actually made meaningful contributions to society and science. The most prominent example that is oozing out of my brain right now is the indiscriminately lovable Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill has made a conscious effort to utilize his armory of fame in an attempt to improve the conditions of the world every single day he breathes air on this planet.

Not only was he the host of a program dedicated to disseminating science and reason throughout the entirety of humanity, he remains a contributor to the bettering of society to this day. In his latest book, Undeniable, Bill takes on evolution deniers in a widely accessible and entertaining format. This book seeks to reverse the damage done by thousands of years of scientific repression and harmful ideology.

His next venture, I think it's going to be called Undebatable, Bill is going to be challenging climate deniers who are trying to convince people that global warming is a hoax. These people have set back proactive environmental action decades. Nye is also the CEO of the Planetary Society, the most successful non-profit promoting space exploration and scientific advancement. If that weren't enough, he even finds time to co-host the critically acclaimed podcast Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

We, as a society, would benefit greatly if we focused our energy on the people who are actually attempting to improve our condition on this pale blue dot, so please, redirect your admiration accordingly.


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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      good hub, justinbieber isn't teaching the teens the right way at all.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Luke, I would find it hard to disagree that there are many better role models and more deserving of fame and fortune than the likes of Justin Bieber. Maybe he'll be like Brian Cox and evolve from pop star to physicist.

      "Brian Edward Cox, OBE, is an English physicist, and professor of particle physics"WIKIPEDIA

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      Luke M. Simmons 3 years ago from Encinitas, California

      @itsallrelative: "The Beeb-ster is worth more than Nye, deGrasse Tyson and Dawkins put together and multiplied by 20." Fuucking really? Please tell me there's no source for this. I really hope this wouldn't also include Hawking, Krauss, Stewart, Mahr and Shane Smith... because this would effectively quash my last remaining granule of ambition.

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      itsallrelative 3 years ago from Outside Dallas

      Without fabulous role models like Justin Bieber, Lindsey Lohan and the others, what would our parents say to us? I know that if my dad had said to me, "Keep that up and you will end up like Justin Bieber!" I would have been terrified. But I grew up in a very different time - we also had less than stellar role models, but they pale in comparison to the flamboyant nature of the new hipsters uncivilzed behavior. In my day, they misbehaved to intentionally draw attention to their "bad self." (Ozzie for example in San Antonio). Today's delinquents seem to do it without thought or purpose, it is just a simple fallout of their entitlement mentality.

      The sad part, as you point out, is not just the poor role models they make, but the fact that The Beeb-ster is worth more than Nye, deGrasse Tyson and Dawkins put together and multiplied by 20. Their terrible behavior and self publicizing nature has made them millions, with absolutely no correlation to their talent level.

      Hopefully, the Beiber train will burn out and be replaced by a more substantive model.... we can hope right?

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      Luke M. Simmons 3 years ago from Encinitas, California

      Thanks guys.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Good hub here Luke. Maybe one day he'll decide to become a Christian and start singing gospel music then hopefully, he won't get criticized for what he may then believe in and speak of from his faith.

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      Karen Dagenhart 3 years ago from st louis

      Good one!

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Luke, on Justin Bieber's rise and fall of his fame. Well said. Voted up for interesting!