The Justin Bieber Paradox
Yes, Justin Bieber. The feelings on this kid are so polarized he’s practically a walking magnet (and because he gets all of the pre-pubescent ladies.,.heyyooo). But hey, cmon, what’s the beef with beebs?
Justin Bieber is a commercialized package. He’s insanely popular, writes songs with the same themes over and over again, has his own products… and toothbrushes of him, but (you knew there was a but) so does EVERY OTHER pop sensation like the Jonas Brothers, One Direction, etc. The difference with Bieber, is that he has outlasted all of these other actually shitty bands by far.
"You mean ‘actually shitty’ as to imply Bieber isn’t shitty?!?!" Yeah… I do. The Jonas Brothers have an arsenal of musicians behind them when they play, the volume knobs on their guitar are probably set to 3, wait, shit I forgot the negative sign in front of that… and yeah they can sing. And they entered the music scene through a TV show and crazy publicity resulting in a short lived craze. Similarly with One Direction, high publicity, yeah the dudes can sing, but their gorgeous and they reached their fame through some insane Grade A music business bullshit. It’s pretty clear why we hate these guys, their success is the result of some greedy producers somewhere, not their genuine talent.
This is where Justin Bieber comes in. All the rational people consistently complain about how artificial artists have become nowadays based on their disingenuous acceptance into the musical world. Most of these artist, once acclimated into the system all pursue similar career styles. I believe we have blindly carried our justified hate of normal money-made pop stars to the self-made Justin Bieber. Am I saying that there aren’t reasons to hate the kid? No… But we as a society huuugely discredit him. Out of all of todays popular contemporary musicians, he’s practically THE ONLY ONE to be self made. No family connections, no publicity campaigns (at least at first), no big money investments (again, at first), this dude made shitty-ass quality recordings of his own songs as a kid, posted them on youtube, and people loved them! Am I saying that you have to like those songs? No, but by ignoring the fact about how Bieber was founded, we are being complete hypocrite’s because he’s completely successful by his own efforts. Not to mention, he’s actually an amazing drummer, has a good voice, and has been writing music from a young age.
Do I own any of this kid’s music… no, do I like any of it… not really, but that’s because it doesn’t sound good to me. I think we all need to be conscious about why we make the decisions we make, especially when the conclusion of our decesion is in-line with a popular idea. It’s easy to hate Bieber because no one’s gonna challenge you because if “you’re a true music fan, you hate Justin Bieber,” as if it’s a part of some code somewhere. Unlike other pop stars, he hasn’t even do much outside of his music career to justify pissing people off. He gets aggrivated with the paparazzi and flips them off sometimes… oh no, and then he does charity. He doesn’t disrespect women, he doesn’t promote violence or drugs… I mean cmon people, there’s a reason why he’s outlasted the actual shitty temporary pop sensations.He seems like a kind of superficial person, but as far as a musician, i respect the shit out of him for starting at such a young age, actually being a self-made star, actually having musical talent, and becoming one of the most sustained sensations of our generation.
So let’s not be the blind superficial people we despise. Our actions should derive from reason, and our reason should derive from the truth and reality surrounding us.