I wasn’t going to write on vacation (I’m in Bonnie Scotland), but I have some down time right now and I would really like to address this because it’s been bothering me.
Justin Bieber is a fucking idiot. We know this. This is not news. Maybe some of his followers on Twitter would agree, but for the sake of this blog post I am going to argue that the ones that are real, and not paid followers or bots, are idiots, too. (See, this is going to be a fun blog post – I have just called millions of people idiots and that did not bother me one bit. Maybe I am a bot?)
A couple of days ago, while visiting Japan, the Biebs visited the Yasukuni Shrine, which if you do not know what it is, it is a shrine to the war dead that fought for the Japanese Empire – including Class-A war criminals that fought during the Russo-Japanese War, Sino-Japanese War, and World War II. I needn’t go into detail why they were considered war criminals – anyone who knows anything about anything knows that the Japanese occupation of Korea and China was, for lack of a better word, fucking awful.
Ok, so Justin Bieber isn’t exactly the ambassador of a country (thank the seven gods), so his visit should not be special, right? The visit itself wasn’t – Bieber claimed ignorance a day later after the visit exploded in the media, angering millions of Chinese and Korean netizens alike. He claimed that he thought it was a “beautiful” shrine, so he asked his driver to pull over in what I can only assume was in a “child attracted to shiny object” fashion.
And I believe him, mostly because I am already working under the assumption that Bieber doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. How the hell would he know that he was in Japan, let alone at a shrine considered extremely controversial every time a Japanese official decides to visit it. I don’t expect someone like Justin Bieber to know anything about the world – his visit to the shrine should not be special, it should not matter. But it does. The overwhelming ignorance from the original Instagram post accompanied with the ridiculous fawns of “it’s okay baby” (barf) that followed his apology is enough to make a billy goat puke. And make anyone with a brain lose a little bit of faith in humanity.
The people that follow Bieber are being made more ignorant by the day for just having read his apology, or any statement, that comes out of his mouth. And before you say I am being harsh, slow your roll. Bieber gets paid millions of dollars to be in the public eye so that people can take their aggression out on him and pretend like their own lives aren’t boring. He gets paid that money so that people can talk shit, or not. It doesn’t matter, anyway – Bieber will never see this article anyways. (I am pretty sure he doesn’t know how to read.)
His visit to the shrine is important because he has millions of followers on Twitter that read his posts daily, not to mention his equally large amount of Instagram followers. It matters because these people think that it is ok – they are working under the idea that ignorance is an alright excuse to do something offensive, based entirely on the fact that he is famous. And that is bullshit. Just because you didn’t know that you were being offensive doesn’t make it ok. If Justin Bieber went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and took a selfie in the shoe room, claiming ignorance, would it be so quickly forgiven? Probably not. (Or maybe it would, at least among his followers. I have said it before – Bieber could probably deliberately kill a puppy and his Beliebers would be like “its ok bebe everyone makes mistakes.”) The working assumption is that you should know where you are going, and what you are doing, especially if you are a public figure, which he is. Because he is a public figure he should be that much more aware of his actions, because he knows he is always under scrutiny.
It doesn’t change my view of Bieber – he will always be a turd in my eyes. But I am worried about the millions of people that so dismissed his offensive actions as alright, simply because he claimed ignorance, and simply because he is famous. I am worried for the future – after all, the majority of Bieber’s fans are teenagers, and will someday be running the world. Just think about that next time you dismiss something he does as stupid, and how stupid his followers are. They will, in the future, be running things. Shutter. It would not be far fetched of me to claim that these types of dismissive remarks are indicative of this generation. And that scares me. It should scare you, too.