Justin Bieber has no doubt seen and heard the deafening Internet reaction to pictures of him ascending the Great Wall of China borne aloft by two of his bodyguards.
Roundly criticized by a battalion of commentators and even some of his fans, the 19-year-old was most likely larking about with his crew at the centuries-old wonder of the world and may not have thought there was anything wrong with getting a princely assist.
And is there, really, in the great scheme of things?
Currently in China on the Asia leg of his Believe tour odyssey, like his infamous April visit to another historic site — Amsterdam’s Anne Frank museum — Bieber’s attempt at “culture” has landed him in yet another fine mess.
Sadly, or not, depending on your view of the teen star’s PR masterclass year, this fresh new hell comes after his refreshingly, self-aware turn on Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns series. Bieber’s scripted but nevertheless ragingly, funny sparring-cum-whipping-session with the Hangover star gave rise to talk of burgeoning maturity.
But wait, maybe all is not lost?
Sure, Bieber’s recent incident-prone history stands on record for all to see — the paparazzo run-ins, allegations, late concerts, spitting off a balcony (Note :There are questions over the “on fans” claim), mop bucket, nightclub dramas, neighbor wars et al — but it seems the pop prince may be entering a timely, existential phase.
Earlier today, the Canadian uploaded an undeniably Emo photo of himself to his Instagram account. Naturally, he was shirtless, but it was pensive.
It follows three previous Instagrams posted yesterday, two of which appear to indicate a time of reflection may be upon the Biebs. Of course, now that I’ve said that he’ll probably upload a photo of himself riding through Shanghai with two Ladyboys on a Segway. But you get the point. Growth could be on the horizon.
Bieber may have millions, talent, and (for the most part) the devotion of fans, but every artist wants respect. And, in that aspect, the teen star is most definitely wanting. It can’t be much fun being constantly dubbed a “Diva”, “Elf King,” “Emperor,” “Douchebag,” “Super Brat” and all the rest, especially when your sense of self is still forming.