Justin Bieber is back in the news, and once again for all the wrong reasons. Is it simply a case of the media jumping onto all of Bieber's faults and ignoring any positives or is he just another spoiled brat who has let fame get the better of him?
Justin Bieber may be hugely popular with crowds of adoring fans but someone should have told him that tardiness is not acceptable to a paying audience, especially a very young audience. The Twitter fury that followed a late arrival to perform in early March would have been hard for Justin to ignore.
The Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber had just turned 19 but it seemed that he still needed to grow up. Bieber finally arrived on stage at the O2 Arena in London at 10.30pm, almost two hours late. Many of the young audience had already left. Bieber also felt the wrath of parents, as fans who stayed for the show were not ready to be collected. By the time Bieber arrived on stage parents had arrived outside the venue to pick up their children. They expected the show to have ended but it had only just begun. The audience, and their parents, are angry as the support act ran a little longer and then there was nothing for 11/2 hours. No announcement, no entertainment, just nothing, until Bieber appeared at 10.30pm.
Bieber was upset that fans booed him but there was more to come. He got into hot water whilst visiting the Anne Franks museum when he wrote she would have been a Belieber, a name for his fans.
The latest news regarding Bieber is that he has abandoned his pet monkey leaving most people to conclude that far from a beloved pet it was just another prop. A stunt. Perhaps Bieber wanted to emulate the late Michael Jackson who had a very public relationship with his pet chimp Bubbles. As we all know now when the phase had past Michael abandoned Bubbles. Is Bieber following Jackson's behaviour to the letter?
Mally, Justin's pet monkey was touted as a beloved pet. Bieber was seen cuddling up affectionately to Mally. He tried to take Mally into Germany with him and the pet was confiscated and placed into quarantine. How many other countries had Bieber carelessly brought Mally along, ignoring any potential health hazards and flouting quarantine laws? For all of his money he could not bother to acquire the necessary paperwork for Mally to legally accompany him on tour in Germany.
Of course fans will say he just could not bear to be parted from his pet. Well we all know that is baloney. Mally has been in quaratine six-weeks and is now confiscated by the German state as Bieber has failed to come up with the necessary paperwork and payment, and claim Mally. Bieber had until Friday to produce the necessary documentation for Mally but he failed to do so. Last week a member of his management team said that Mally could stay where he was.
As of May 21 Mally became the property of Germany. We wonder what that means. Will he go to a zoo, be adopted by an animal lover, end up in a laboratory or simply be euthanized? We may care what is going to happen to Mally but brat Bieber does not.
Die-hard fans will still love Bieber and no doubt forgive him all but the writing could be on the wall for Justin and his career. If he is now too big for his boots and feels that fans and other living creatures are not worth the hassle his career could easily nosedive.
Sometimes celebrities engineer events for publicity and media attention; they just crave the limelight. They do not always get it right though. Whatever the reason for Bieber's increasingly strange behaviour this year he needs to grow up and pay his fans the respect they deserve. Without them he is nothing.
As for Mally we can only hope for a good outcome but fear that will not happen.