Justin Bieber recently acted his age by abusing the power he has as a celebrity and betraying his fans to pull off a revenge prank. The 16-year-old heartthrob owes his fans an apology for this betrayal.
Justin was upset at a Detroit teen who hacked into one of his friend’s Twitter account to obtain Justin’s personal phone number. Instead of dealing with it like the grown-up he likes to portray, he literally made little hit men out of his fans with a false statement on his Twitter page, according to NBC News.
Through the power of new technology and the deceit of an old-fashioned lie, Justin had his fans bombard his object of revenge with phone calls and text messages. All along, his fans thought they were calling their idol, Justin Bieber, on his own personal phone number.
Granted, “the Bieber” is only 16, but to be deceitful to the people who made him what he is today is just wrong. Sunday, around midnight Justin posted, “‘everyone call me 248-XXX-XXXX :) or text”.
Justin, who has not had the life of a typical teenager due to his fame, may be picking up where he left off. This is something a group of eighth graders might do, pull phone pranks on friends and neighbors. He has been thrown into an adult world with adult responsibilities and, up until this point, he has conducted himself in a very mature fashion.
The singing sensation has had to bypass all the typical kid stuff because there wasn’t time to play and work his way to the top at the same time. This phone prank may be his “do you have Prince Albert in a can” phase coming out, but on a larger scale. Often, when kids need to skip pieces of their childhood, they revert back to the stage that they skipped over all together.
This prank was not only vengeful, but mean to do to his fans. Again, there will be little repercussion from his fans because “Bieber can do no wrong,” and they will not see this as bad behavior from their idol. This puts Justin in a position that he needs to lead by example for his millions of fans. This revenge phone call prank was not a good example to set because he lied to his millions of fans for his own gains.
The message stayed up for only minutes, but it was too late. In those few minutes, the message was re-tweeted over and over again by Justin’s adoring fans. Not to mention the young man, Kevin Kristopik, whose phone number it really was, had to shut off his service due to an overload of 26,000 text messages and phone calls.
Justin Bieber has a die hard following and, more than likely, they will not be angry with being duped by “the Bieber.” This is not good enough. Justin needs to own up to feeding his fans false information for the reason of revenge.
The teen, Kevin Kristopik, who got all those phone calls admits that he did meddle in Justin’s personal life, “just a bit” by hacking into his friend’s Twitter page to get Justin’s information, but he too felt that ” Bieber took advantage of his fans and abused the power of his fame to get revenge.”
This grade-school-like prank of Justin’s shows an arrogant and spiteful side to of the young performer that has not shown its ugly face before. This is a kid who could not be anymore famous at the age of 16. He needs to be taught that just because “you can” doesn’t mean “you should.”
Justin is going to find himself in many “powerful” situations that his fans will bestow upon him as time goes on. He cannot take advantage of his fans when it comes to these opportunities. He needs to remember how he got where he is and who it was that put him in the position he is in today.
Hopefully Justin will apologize and make it up to his fans in some way; hopefully this is not the start of some spoiled, entitled phase he is going through. The world does not need one more obnoxious, self-absorbed child star to contend with.
References: NBC News