Thursday, April 25, 2013

Are You a Belieber?

Seeing as my presentation topic was about the Public Discourse of Celebrities I thought I would further that discussion on here. I'm not sure whether any of you have heard about this recent Justin Bieber scandal, where he visited The Anne Frank House and wrote in the guest book, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." There's been a lot of controversy over his statement, "Hopefully she would have been a belieber." While many people are ashamed and outraged by this statement others are sticking up for Bieber.

I just wanted to get your thoughts and opinions on this situation. Do you think that Justin Bieber went too far with that statement and was acting too self absorbed?

Here's a link to an article covering the scandal and some tweets from people and their opinions over the subject.
http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/04/15/justin-bieber-hopes-anne-frank-would-have-been-a-belieber/

9 comments:

  1. So I read the article, read through the tweets, and searched through the comments. I don't get it. Though I don't consider myself to be a "Belieber," and I haven't heard about the supposed controversy regarding this incident until now, I can't help but stick up for Justin here. I just don't see why a simple comment, one that wasn't in anyway malicious, would be blown so far out of proportion. Could it have been interpreted as a little self-absorbed and written at an inappropriate setting? Sure. But not vastly so, and why care anyway?

    I guess this ties in with the public's seeming obsession over celebrities. I mean, had it been any other 19-year old, nobody would have cared in the slightest.

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  2. I actually think Bieber's comment was very narcissistic, but that is typical behavior from mainstream artists, especially young ones. I think the bigger problem here is that the issue has received so much attention. I agree with Jacob's comment that this story proves how obsessed our culture is with celebrities. So maybe the bigger question we should ask ourselves is whether or not this issue is public discourse. And if so, what does that say about our culture.

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  3. I think this just goes to show that many people, and some celebrities, don't think about the implications public statements can have and how they can be interpreted. Obviously Bieber wasn't contemplating how what he wrote would be displayed. And as others have said, this situation also displays the obsession over celebrities that is in our culture.

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  4. Honestly, I don't think there's any exact line that we can use to judge whether or not Bieber has stepped over it. It waves and curly Qs all over the place. Everyone comes from a different background, has different morals, and is used to different types of people.

    That being said, my personal opinion is that it was an okay thing to say (though I wouldn't have said it myself because I don't find it particularly clever or funny), but the part that was a bit insensitive was to write it in a special book at a special memorial to Anne Frank. In my opinion, stuff like that should be saved for twitter posts and talking to your friends.

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  5. Obviously, Bieber meant well with his comment. I could think of worse things a 19-year-old could do to defile the Anne Frank House. Unfortunately, Bieber comes across as an ignorant, self-absorbed child.

    Are people overreacting to his comment? Should Bieber apologize for his insensitive comment? While it's an interesting rhetorical situation, it's not one that we should really be discussing as a nation.

    As others have mentioned, there is a bigger question that needs to be addressed: why should we care? Why does our culture value a celebrity's thoughts and opinions when they clearly are not subject-matter experts in anything but their genre of entertainment?

    I think a partial answer is that people may consider celebrities as role models and therefore strive to be like them. I think that America cares about Bieber's comments because people don't want his fans to embrace his ignorance or narcissism. They don't want fans to belieb that his behavior is acceptable for a decent human being. This goes the same for all celebrities.

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  6. Honestly, I don't see why this is an issue. He literally is just saying that hopefully she would be. It's not like he is saying she definitely would have been. If he had said, "I could definitely see her being a belieber," I would have to say that would be very narcissistic. I'm not a belieber by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't see how this statement became a form of narcissism.

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  7. I think because Anne Frank is such a serious piece of history, Bieber joking caused the freak out. I agree that if it were anyone else, it wouldn't have mattered. However, Bieber should take into consideration that majority of what he says will be misconstrued and ultimately used against him. With that said, I don't think it's a big deal. You can't please everyone!

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  8. I think this was a very inappropriate comment. Beiber's a stupid kid and we all say stuff before we think about how people will take it, but something like this is completely uncalled for. I sure hope he doesn't go to the Holocaust Museum in DC....

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  9. I honestly think it's a little ridiculous that this is an issue. Maybe it was a little inappropriate, but it is only a big deal because he said it. Why can't we just get over it? So he made a joke... my question is who originally decided this was so inappropriate or offensive? Maybe they should get a life.

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