I can’t come up with a title for this because it’s just too hard to summarise the severity of what I feel the need to say into a tiny headline.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but on Thursday Justin Bieber visited Norway as he’s promoting his new album that’s dropping in the upcoming month, because of this a small concert was arranged. No one could buy a ticket to this concert, every single Belieber in the audience was a contestant winner and had traveled to see their big idol. Bieber was set to perform six songs, but stormed off stage after the first song, in short here is what happened: water was spilled on stage, Bieber tries to wipe it up and then claims he is not doing the show because the ‘front row isn’t behaving’, you can read about it here and see the video.
It’s common knowledge that in a pit the adrenaline runs wild and in a lot of cases people are unable to think, they simply act because, after all, their biggest idol is just an arm length away. After storming off stage, claiming he’s not doing the show, Bieber issued this apology on Instagram:
“Sadly it’s Been a rough week for me, long days no sleep, while having to be “on” as they would say for cameras fans etc. In no way did I mean to come across mean, but chose to end the show as the people in the front row would not listen. Hopefully people will understand where I am coming from. I don’t always handle things the right way but I’m human and I’m working on getting better at responding not reacting.” The post has now been edited to also include this: “Unfortunately people were affected by this as am I. For the people in the back I am so sorry and for anyone I may have disappointed im sorry. Sorry for wasting the tv people’s time I’ll be sure to make it up to you next time on tour.. With love Justin.”
I highlighted that line up there because here comes the reason for my post: due to this line a girl in Norway is now receiving hundreds of messages online from angry Beliebers who blame her for Bieber storming off stage. They blame this girl and her friends for missing out on their idol, when the decision alone lies with Justin Bieber himself.
A girl (who like everyone else in the room was there to see her big hero perform) is now being bullied and tormented online with threats and angry messages from Beliebers all over the world (yes, this has escalated to a worldwide basis) because of one line written in a post where the blame is shifted from on stage to the front of the stage, wearing the costume of an apology. This has made fans all over the world zero in on a tiny group of fellow fans, and the singer has redeemed himself in the eyes of his fans with this apology, saying he’s sorry, that he’s working on himself, that he feels bad about the outcome and he’ll make it up to them, which is all well and good if not for his need to shift the blame and thus the singer liberated himself and the fault fell on the tiny cluster of fans making up the front.
Because people, it seems, always need a culprit and they could no longer question their big idol it this time fell mainly on a group of girls making up the front of the stage, because he told them that was were the reason laid. Which in my personal opinion is just downright unacceptable and wrong, and even though record labels and executives have taken to media to tell people to stop harassing the girls in question and the one who’s getting most of the blame, it makes little difference when the person who stormed off — who they all look up to and would do anything for — shifted the spotlight over to the front row.
While his intentions with the instagram post was to make things right Justin Bieber wields a lot of power, power he did not ask for but has fallen on him all the same, and as a result it has back fired, big time. While his intentions might have come from a good place the result has had the opposite effect and I can only hope that Bieber finds a way to set things right, because right now a girl is suffering a vicious backlash for something that was never, and will never, be her fault, ever.
– Martie xx