Justin Bieber Gets Disrespected By Selfie-Seeking Female Fan, Tells Her ‘You Make Me Sick’ [Opinion]

Justin Bieber’s recent interaction with an invasive and disrespectful Melbourne fan — he told the female fan she made him “sick” when she took his photo without his consent and ignored his request not to invade his privacy — raises this recurring question: Does the Biebs have the right to refuse photos with fans?

The short answer? Yes, of course he does. Whether one agrees with or likes Bieber’s “no photos” position, a person’s freedom over their own body, legal actions, legal speech, and basic privacy are human rights.

Yet, these rights are ignored or removed by most media outlets, some fans, and numerous members of the public when it comes to Justin Bieber, who clearly has a right to choose whether or not he takes photos with fans.

In contrast, Emma Watson and Amy Schumer were widely sympathized with when they declared they would no longer take pictures with fans.

From this, it’s impossible not to conclude that there is a double standard in play regarding Justin Bieber.

Inherent in acknowledging that the “Sorry” singer has the right to refuse or agree to take photos with fans, is understanding that most human beings have a tolerance limit.

Given how many times Justin has tried explaining to fans how objectifying he finds it when fans fixate over getting a photo with him, it’s not surprising he was hardline with Melbourne fan, Sabar Helal.

The pop superstar first addressed problematic issues with his fans in a Snapchat video he shared during a promo trip in 2015 — ironically enough, in Australia — ahead of the release of his latest album Purpose. In it, Bieber pleaded with his fans to be calm and dial down their screaming and pushiness when he tried to talk to them.

Fast forward to May last year. The Grammy winner shared posted a candid Instagram post saying he felt “like a zoo animal” because of the dehumanizing way in which fans demanded or approached him for pics. He also said he wanted to keep his “sanity.”

Take a look at just a few of the many examples of out-of-control Bieber fans in the videos below.

But, perhaps, the biggest irony about the media’s latest finger-wagging orgy over Bieber is that just one day before his encounter with Helal in Melbourne, he surprised and delighted fans waiting outside his hotel in Perth on Friday when he hugged and talked with them.

Let's hug each other more

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Let's hug each other more

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Everyone needs to just hug more

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Notably, none of the fans had phones out or asked Justin for photos. Some of the fans who met him in Perth later tweeted that there was also little to no screaming by the group. Bieber hung out with Beliebers more than once during his stay in Perth.

It’s well known that scandal or bad news is catnip to mainstream media. That truism is glaringly apparent with the press’ treatment of Bieber, who was described by the UK’s respected the Guardian newspaper as “online traffic gold” back in 2014.

It is also telling that there was far less reporting on Bieber’s friendly hug-in session with the Perth fans than there was on his exchange with Helal one day later in Melbourne.

Most of the overkill reporting on 20-year-old Helal, claimed she and other female fans “ran into” the Biebs outside the Crown Casino in Melbourne on Saturday. However, “ran into” is an inaccuracy.

According to Australia’s the Herald Sun, Helal even admitted she had been driving around the city all day looking for Bieber before she met him.

“When I got out of my car, I ran over to ask for a photo, and that is when he said ‘why are you invading my privacy?’” Helal told the paper.

She went on, “He wasn’t in a good mood and was adamant that he wouldn’t take a photo with me.”

At another point on video footage of Bieber’s interaction with Helal the singer was heard asking her, “Why are you treating me like that?”

Recalling Bieber “was not interested in taking a photo at all,” incredulously Helar told The Herald Sun, “I told him that I was going to take the photo anyway.”

Predictably, the entitlement in Helal’s response wasn’t focused on in media reports.

Neither was it noted that Bieber has been saying that he no longer takes photos with fans for the past 10 months, and prefers fans not to have their phones out when he meets them because he would rather have calm conversations with them.

Instead, reports revelled in Helal’s mother, Houda Bennaoui, ripping Bieber, amid many outlets painting Helal as a “super fan” who was “really disappointed” not to get a photo with the singer.

Yet in all the “Melbourne fan snubbed” news stories, this question went unasked: Why would a supposed Bieber “super fan” either not know or respect his (now) longstanding aversion to being bombarded with photo demands?

As the singer’s Purpose World Tour in Australia continues, one of the biggest Justin Bieber fan accounts on Twitter nutshelled the ongoing fan issue in pointed tweets seen below.

Bottom line? While most media likes to indulge in amnesia every time Bieber doesn’t take a photo with a fan, the singer isn’t “snubbing” anyone. He made it clear months ago that he is happy to connect with fans in his daily life, but without phones and overwhelming hysteria.

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