Cristina Odone is a journalist, novelist and broadcaster specialising in the relationship between society, families and faith. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies and is a former editor of the Catholic Herald and deputy editor of the New Statesman.
Justin Bieber prostitute claims: his management should be ashamed of themselves
November 7th, 2013
A video that looks A LOT like Justin Bieber lying on an unmade bed has surfaced.
The woman – apparently a Brazilian prostitute – claims the rock star is dozing off in post-coital bliss. Who knows? Even if it’s not true, there have certainly been a few unsavoury incidents involving the teenage idol.
Stories like this will finish off what remains of Justin’s clean Christian image. He was the one pop star whom tweenies can adore without alarming their parents. But Biebermania only really worked when, while all his acolytes were losing their head, the young idol kept his. And that was a totally unrealistic expectation.
Stand by for some sniggering about the power of prayer failing the little Christian boy. Cynics will taunt Bieber with accusations of being the kind of hypocrite we usually associate with sweaty-faced US televangelists.
But if the image of a pure and pious sweetheart was counterfeit, whose fault was that? Not Justin’s: he only sang and danced and tried to grow up under the glare of global publicity. The blame should be placed squarely on his “supporters”, who managed the publicity, the performances, the lifestyle. The men and women who manufactured Justin Bieber Superstar should have known better than to place such huge demands on him. I’m convinced Justin was a devout Christian – but selling his faith as part of his brand was bound to backfire
Like Mylie Cyrus twerking, accusations that Bieber paid for sex – even though they’r completely unproven – make me fear for any young person catapulted by talent, and greedy schemers, to the centre of the stage. Does no one remember what happened to Michael Jackson? You’d don’t have to be as weird as Jacko to sustain long-term damage when you’re confronted by immense fame even before your brain has stopped developing (at roughly the age of 21).
Bieber didn’t have a chance to be a real person, let alone a good Christian. From the moment he thrilled an audience with his voice and his pretty-boy looks, he became a cash cow to be milked. Those who exploited his innocence should be ashamed of themselves. The rest of us should just forgive him.
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