Updated: Gossip Cop reports Justin Bieber’s rep confirmed screenshots appearing to show the superstar “liked” a Donald Trump Instagram video and followed the politician on Twitter are “fake.”
Moral of the story? Shade Twitter accounts are not news outlets and shouldn’t be treated as such by actual news outlets.
— Gossip Cop (@GossipCop) April 6, 2016
See below for the video in question, which Trump posted last night before the Wisconsin primaries. The 69-year-old was subsequently defeated by Ted Cruz. In the clip, the presidential candidate urged Wisconsinites to vote and banged home his campaign mantra “Let’s make America great again.”
A few hours later, Bieber “liked” a Hillary Clinton snap and a Bernie Sanders pic on Instagram and didn’t “unlike” them, thus wrapping his political-surfing trifecta for the night.
— LMc (@SelenuurrBieber) April 6, 2016
Ted Cruz didn’t get a look in.
— nicole (@needsuthemost) April 6, 2016
But before anyone gets too excited over the Biebs’ Trump video “like” (and “unlike”), it’s worth remembering the “Sorry” singer previously strongly stated he wouldn’t vote for Trump in a hypothetical face-off between him and the rapper-designer Kanye West during a videoed interview with New York radio station 95.5 PLJ last September.
At the time, Bieber’s reply to the vote question was, “Definitely not Donald,” before adding, “I guess I would have to go with Kanye, yeah.” He also noted that as a Canadian he cannot vote in America.
Watch that interview below.
Jb liking Trump's post is most prolly an accident. He unliked right after & to remind yall he doesnt support his ass pic.twitter.com/0CA1YWVKjE
— alice (@bieberzealot) April 6, 2016
Bieber also “liked” a negative meme last month, which was captioned, “If Donald Trump becomes President, I’m moving to bikini bottom.” A Belieber tweeted a reminder amid the flurry of reactions to the 22-year-old superstar’s seeming Trump interest last night.
REMEMBER JUSTIN ALSO LIKED THIS PICTURE ON IG pic.twitter.com/vjz4kaKwKx
— ㅤ (@trustrecall) April 6, 2016
While the Justin Bieber account did follow Trump on Twitter, it’s widely known that the singer’s account is manned by his manager Scooter Braun and his team, as numerous screenshots and a typical dearth of spelling mistakes in “Bieber’s” tweets (as opposed to his Instagram) posts self-evidently indicates.
And, as of last night, the Justin Bieber Twitter account no longer follows Trump on Twitter.
— three (@Ioveurselfs) April 6, 2016
With no word from Team Bieber as yet, it’s unclear whether the singer intended to “like” Trump’s video (perhaps as a joke), accidentally double-tapped, was hacked, or trolling, or if someone else was messing about with his iPhone. Either way, the Canadian’s Instagram activity certainly got fans
talking ranting online.
In the corner for the defense, one fan simply repeated, “Justin’s not for Trump Justin’s not for Trump Justin’s not for Trump Justin’s not for Trump Justin’s not for Trump Justin’s not for Trump.”
Justin's not for Trump Justin's not for Trump Justin's not for Trump Justin's not for Trump Justin's not for Trump Justin's not for Trump
— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@rauhlshearts) April 6, 2016
Another fan rolled off a triple-zinger line of reasoning as follows.
Um okay bye I thought it was something huge as in he came out supporting him he literally unliked the video soon after so what's the issue
— Mo (@momoszn_) April 6, 2016
The same fan then referred to Bieber’s previous Trump shade in the 2015 New York radio station interview.
He unliked the video so it was prob liked on accident and he recently said in a VIDEO interview that he wouldn't vote for trump so Idgi
— Mo (@momoszn_) April 6, 2016
Before concluding that the hearthrob’s “like” (and “unlike”) was an easily-done social media accident.
Literally so many times I've tried watching videos on Instagram & had to click that sound thing @ the bottom to hear it & accidentally liked
— Mo (@momoszn_) April 6, 2016
Other fans rallied to defend Justin from claims by other Twitter users that the singer’s Instagram video “like” (don’t forget the “unlike”) of Trump’s post was an endorsement of the frontrunner’s divisive, racist, aggressive worldview.
In response to a Bieber detractor cynically speculating that the singer’s fans would say he was “probably trying to load the video and accidentally liked it,” one fan pointed out that such accidents are regular occurrences and fired back with the tweet below.
— diyana ♛ (@novacanezayn) April 6, 2016
Another noted the hypocrisy of some fans.
Typical americans tbh. "I'm 18+ but i'm not gonna vote it will be fine"
J likes something on IG: "OMG racist"
— BRYΔN (@bryanizzle) April 6, 2016
Others reposted the radio interview and accused fans of trying to conveniently paint Justin as a racist because of the recent overwrought cultural appropriation row that followed Bieber debuting new dreadlocks a few days ago.
Justin does NOT support TRUMP stop making it seem like he does just bc of his past and bc he got dreads pic.twitter.com/vhUgtHnCua
— Justin Bieber News (@JBNewsBeliebers) April 3, 2016
It went on.
Lmaoo y'all are being dramatic over a like, He's not trying to justify anything. Stop overreacting over everything he does
— We Are Stan (@imstilkidrauhl) April 6, 2016
So a like on ig is more real than his actual voice saying he wouldn't vote for him????????
— Hanne (@hannespurpose) April 6, 2016
justin is trolling y'all and y'all are really falling for it????
— m (@geazyandbieber) April 6, 2016
I accidentally like stuff on IG all the time especially videos. What makes y'all think it's different for celebrities? They're all human lol
— COMPANY (@nopressures_x) April 6, 2016
In the opposite corner, one Twitter user simply wrote, “Need answers bro @justinbieber.”
— BIGNOAH (@BIGNOAH256) April 6, 2016
One fan even directly tweeted Justin, raging that he “should’ve killed himself when he thought about it the first time.” The fan subsequently deleted that post and put their account on private.
Another called for Bieber’s deportation.
I hope Justin gets deported pic.twitter.com/swf6HGEjnX
— (@jaureguispurpos) April 6, 2016
Anyways accidental or not I'm still pissed goodnight
— Ty (@bieberplier) April 6, 2016
One fan expressed her view on Bieber’s “likes” of Clinton and Sander’s pics.
Prob scooter trying to do damage control after its too late as per usual
— I feel like pablo (@SoulCompanyx) April 6, 2016
As usual with all things Justin Bieber-related, it’s inevitable that there is plenty of opinion on his Donald Trump “like” (and “unlike”). With 78 million Twitter followers and 64 million Instagram followers amid a heated current political and social climate in the U.S., the singer’s social media footprint is vast.
However, while media outlet hand-wringing is already in full swing, it would be unfair to ignore Bieber’s extremely rapid “unlike” of Trump’s Instagram video and his previously voiced non-support for The Donald. But, for the time being, it’s probably best if Braun (an on-record Clinton supporter) assumes total control over the Purpose singer’s Instagram account.
When die-hard Bieber fans are pleading with the rest of the fan base not to tweet the singer with instructions to kill himself — it’s time for a break.
So now Justin's fans are saying he should've killed himself when he was horribly depressed wow great fans you have @justinbieber
— ️ (@hoIiestcompanys) April 6, 2016
@Biebercome2me especially going as far as telling him to go kill himself after a damn ig like,, was it ever really that serious?
— Kathleen (@Biebercome2me) April 6, 2016
This is why he said he's not giving up his Canadian citizenship. He knows
— J (@HighKeyJB) April 6, 2016
SJDHJSDBJS over an instagram like? Like, what normal person gets this much unwarranted heat, over a like?
— No More M&G's = GOOD (@CanWe_WeKeep) April 6, 2016
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