Justin Bieber ought to be more careful who he retweets. The Canadian pop sensation caused death threats to pour in for a British teen after he retweeted her praise for his new album.
Unfortunate British 15-year-old Courtney Barrasford recently tweeted a gushing review of Bieber’s latest album, Believe Acoustic, reports MSN.
She said, simply, “Not really a fan of Justin Bieber but his acoustic album is really good!” and was stunned when the 19-year-old singer retweeted her message for his 34 million followers. But she wasn’t the only one who was shocked.
Bieber’s most rabid fans, known as “Beliebers,” were outraged that someone who plainly admits to “not really [being] a fan” would get such attention from the Biebs.
Of course, their jealously is plain from the tweets they mad-thumbed into existence.
“I am a Belieber of him since 2009 and he didn’t notice me. And you’re not even a f***ing fan. You get noticed. OMG,” wrote one broken-hearted fan.
“U notice her n she’s not even a fan. I am but you won’t notice me
And Barrasford, for the sin of being noticed while not really being a fan, was inundated with death threats and hate messages, many calling for her to commit suicide, and others alleging that she was pregnant with Bieber’s child.
The Sun reports that Barrasford was stunned and shock by the backlash she received.
“I came back from a drama class where everyone had been going on about how good Justin Bieber’s acoustic album was. So I went on to YouTube to listen to it and then put my comment up on the internet. About 10 minutes later my friend sent me a message to say she noticed something on Twitter.
“It wasn’t too bad at first. Some people were saying I was lucky I was retweeted by him and some were jealous. But then it started to get worse as more people found out. I had things like ‘you’re not a fan, go kill yourself’.”
While Barrasford thought the response was in poor taste, it hadn’t gotten to her personally.
“It was getting completely out of hand. So far things hadn’t got to me. But then they started saying I was pregnant with his child, and that my child would be a prostitute.”
And interestingly, Barrasford is treating her critics with a dose of grace and understanding.
“I don’t think these people would say it face-to-face. But it’s still not nice to hear. I would say to people to ignore it and stop using the site for a while. Don’t reply to these people because they will only hate you more.”
Well, at least someone in this situation is thinking sensibly. Good for you, Courtney Barrasford. And shame on you, Beliebers! Bullying is not cool.