Don’t beliebe the hype

Peyton Callanan

Who knew the kid that sang “Baby” would one day be described as “dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing?” The Internet always loves a good celebrity punching bag and Justin Bieber seems to be everyone’s current go-to train wreck to mock behind anonymous user names.

From the racy pictures of him and a stripper to his many recent run-ins with the law, Bieber seems to only have himself to blame for the massive Internet backlash against him. Someone has even gone as far as to create a petition to deport him back to Canada on the White House website which currently has over 240,000 signatures.

However, it is troublesome to see a forum that was created for the American people to share their thoughts and concerns with the government is being used to address the antics of a 19-year-old pop star. Bieber’s drunk-driving charge is certainly no laughing matter, but signing that petition will do nothing but keep his name in the news longer.

Those who are really concerned with the dangers of drunken driving should use their time and that little share button of Facebook to their 140 characters on Twitter support and spread awareness for anti-drunken driving organizations like Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD).

Those who are tired of hearing about Bieber’s antics should simply steer clear of the endless articles reporting every little wrong move that the guy makes. Instead of reading about his egg-filled feud with his neighbor, try reading about the violent protest happening in the Ukraine.

And then for those who love to make fun of the troubled pop star, remember that we seem to be watching the downward spiral of a living, breathing person. He may have more money than most could ever dream of, but he is still just 19 years old.

It’s still too early to tell if he will be able to turn his teen idol status into a long-term career like his mentor Usher or that other Justin or if he will fade away like many child stars before him. Either way, Justin Bieber wouldn’t be the only one who benefited from less attention given to his bad decisions.