Justin Bieber and The Old Aesthetics Attack

Posted on January 24, 2014



I couldn’t name a single Justin Bieber song. I can certainly google one, but I couldn’t place a melody. I don’t say this in a ludicrous attempt to sound like the super-cool hipster I probably am, but because it’s a fact. The same goes for Miley Cyrus, Nikki Minaj and the rest. I just know that I don’t like it, as silly as that is. I get the impression that 12 year old me wouldn’t like it either. That isn’t a reason to give Bieber fans stick though, although many use it as a justification. ‘HAHAHAHA LOL U LYK BIEBER U MST B FICK!!!!!!!’ seems to be the accusation, and any level-headed person will obviously see how obscene that is. 

Bieber was arrested this past week for drink-driving and resisting arrest. The resisting arrest was dumb and the drink-driving deplorable, but more capable people than me will comment on this and make points so sage I wish I could clasp them from the vacuous hole in my head. No, what is griping me is this picture on social media of his mugshot and a picture of Miley Cyrus, followed by comments on how alike they look which is then followed usually by a series of wisecracks questioning Bieber’s sexuality, the hilarity of make-up on a boy, how terrible it is for a boy to look like a girl and much the rest. Even The Metro has run a probably tongue-in-cheek story asking if they are the same person.

It’s 2014. An effeminate looking male isn’t funny and isn’t up for ridicule. I like to think we’re all better than this but we’re not. The lives of celebrities and how public they are is one of the saddest areas of western existence, and it only seems to get worse and worse. Fuck, here I am writing about two of them. It is just behind how eager we are to knock people off of their pedestals, and attack anything we may perceive as weakness. It’s ultimately saddest that in 2014 an individuals aesthetic is still seen as a point of weakness to attack. 

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