Justin Bieber has at last hit back at months of being trashed by Seth Rogen.
In a tweet posted Thursday morning, the 20-year-old superstar wrote:
“Sorry I didn’t bow down when I asked 2 meet u was probably a bit shy and didn’t want to be over the top but still. love ur movies.”
Seth Rogan sorry I didnt bow down when I asked 2 meet u was probably a bit shy and didn’t want to be over the top but still. love ur movies.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 8, 2014
Bieber’s tweet will likely be hammered for his misspelling of Rogen’s name rather than — as it should — be discussed for its meaning. It will also likely rile the hate Seth openly says he feels for his fellow Canadian.
But it can’t be denied the kid’s got an absolute right to stand up for himself against continual blasts from the older star.
The “Baby” singer is known for not directly responding to the numerous attacks he receives, and which have increased in the wake of his questionable but nevertheless teen-like behavior during his Believe tour last year and legal troubles since.
But, of late, Bieber is biting back.
First, with former Nickelodeon actor Drake Bell when he crashed the “Bitchcraft” singer’s album launch party and now with Mr. Rogen.
Rogen first came out swinging for Bieber on January 23 when he posted an infamous tweet in response to the singer’s same day arrest on suspicion of DUI in Florida.
All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of shit.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 23, 2014
By anyone’s standards it was about as far from a helpful pep talk as it’s possible to get.
Rogen went on to slam the singer when he appeared on a special SXSW edition of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live back in March.
“In my opinion, Justin Bieber is a piece of s–t,” Rogen told host Andy Cohen at the time.
The 32-year-old comic/writer/actor railed on, adding:
“He seems like he’s obnoxious and ungrateful and insincere and he puts people’s lives in danger with his horrible, horrible behavior. Overall he acts like a piece of s–t.”
Recalling the first time he met the then 14 or 15-year-old Bieb on a German talk show, Seth said the singer’s handlers told him Justin wanted to meet. In Seth’s version of the encounter, Bieber allegedly acted as if Rogen had requested the introduction.
Seth told Stern:
“And it was weird, I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll meet him.’ So I went outside to meet him and he was acting like I asked to meet him.”
He went on, “What the f**k, I don’t want to meet you! Don’t act all nonplussed to meet me. I didn’t want to meet you,” before adding that at the time he thought:
In a previous The Inquisitr report, we made the point that Rogen may have misread Bieber’s child reticence or attempt at being “cool” as rudeness.
This would appear to be borne out by Bieber’s, “was probably a bit shy and didn’t want to be over the top,” explanation.
A following meet between the pair at MTV’s 2011 VMAs, during which Bieber played with a baby snake, led to this verdict from Rogen:
“I was like “What the f–k,’ and I talked to him for like five minutes and I was like, ‘F–k this kid.’ He was trying to be funny with like, ‘Hey this snake,'” he raged.
Seth went on to compare his present co-star former Disney star Zac Efron’s alleged self-awareness with Justin’s lack of, and said the singer displayed:
“No sense that ‘I appeal to young, young people, maybe a grown man who works in comedy doesn’t f–king give a sh*t about me. Maybe I should act in such a way that perhaps this isn’t the great experience of his f–king life.'”
In Wednesday’s edition of Today, Rogen continued his Bieber-tirade, telling Matt Lauer:
“To me, the idea that, like, a grown man doesn’t like Justin Bieber is not a controversial thought.”
Expanding on his “grown man” premise — which appears to amount to unfettered, looping hatred — Rogen explained:
“Why would I [like him]!?,” adding. “It would be much weirder if I did like Justin Bieber.”
At that point Seth gestured to the Today studio audience, declaring:
“None of these people in this room like Justin Bieber. I can guarantee you that,” shortly after bullishly insisting, “I don’t know anyone who likes Justin Bieber.”
All in all, Bieber’s fire back to Rogen can be seen as a fair response to an older man who is certainly not a personality to feud with lightly.
That makes the singer’s reply braver.
Justin surely knows he’s coming off the backfoot of a battered reputation, legal cases, and relentless negative media messaging amplifying many instances of immature behavior that show he has some growing up to do.
However, that doesn’t give people – including Rogen – carte blanche to take advantage of a bad period of a youngster’s life and continually and publicly belittle them for the amusement of others, and ironically, hamper Bieber’s ability to move forward and make the changes he needs to make.
And lets not forget the other side of the singer that raised over $3 million for Typhoon-Haiyan survivors in the Philippines, and continues to do amazing work for children with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Pencils of Promise organization.
Bottom line? If Seth Rogen thinks Justin Bieber should be and do better; he might want to try being a better man himself.