So now there are petitions to have Justin Bieber deported, and hate-stuff like that. A couple of thoughts. First, I am no fan of this self-destructing boy-star, nor do I care to defend his apparent terrible and indulgent behavior. He's a wreck, talented or not. Second, why are we surprised that he collapses before our eyes in a drug cloud, police raids, DWIs, on and on, we're surprised??? Justin Bieber is the product of our shallow entertainment cult that we feed with our media lust and dollars. We're shocked that a nineteen year-old is dying before our eyes?
The gods of entertainment rush teenagers to the altar of popularity, and on that altar we find spotlights, media access, millions of dollars, magazine covers, interviews, all the entrapments of celebrity, and we watch little boys and girls (Miley Cyrus) collapse and disintegrate before us. We cheer them as they enter the coliseum of the entertainment gods, and yet there is a perverse voyeurism that leers when many celeb-babies self-destruct. Justin Bieber is just the next one. We send our teens to their concerts like an audience with the pope, yet we sneer when cocaine and cops become the next chapter in their lives. That's the culture, that's the cult that we pay for. Sure not all teen idols crash and burn, some weather the hurricane of entertainment popularity, but there is a graveyard of burned out lives, and it's our fascination and dollars that built that altar. Shame on us, I think, when we laugh at poor Biebs. I think we put him on the sacrificial funeral pyre. Judge not poor Justin. Judge the values of our entertainment lusts. It's because of us that there is a long line of fifteen year olds waiting to take Biebs place, after 60 Minutes and People Magazine eat him up and kick him to the curb...only to be found in a flophouse dead in West Hollywood. Police will tell us there was drug paraphernalia in his room...autopsy pending. The coroner's report never says the other part of the truth, we killed him.