Thursday, May 23, 2013

J.B.J. not a Belieber

From an objective standpoint, Justin Bieber's week could not have been better. On Sunday night, he raked in the "Milestone Award" at the Billboard Music Awards.  He was also nominated for a slew of Teen Choice Awards, topping the nominations within the teen music segment. Two significant accomplishments within a relatively short-lived young career if you ask me.

But while reigning supreme in professional merits, the more personal side of his career was not quite as rosy. To start, when Bieber accepted his Miletstone Award, he was greeted with resounding boos from the audience. Not quite the reception he had likely hoped for. To add insult to injury in a less-than-complimentary week, Bieber was publicly slammed by consummate musician Jon Bon Jovi.

Earlier this spring, 19-year-old Bieber showed up tardy to a slew of his concerts, forcing fans who had paid to see him perform to wait significantly longer than necessary for the show to commence. This sort of late behavior is offensive from any professional artist... and given Bieber's teenage-skewing audience, the act exhibits just that much more disrespect. Apparently Bon Jovi agrees. In a public display of anti-Bieber-dom, J.B.J. warned that Bieber risked being an a-hole for his disappointing behavior toward his fan base.

His comment came after Bieber was slated to go on stage at London's 02 Arena and waltzed onto stage nearly two hours later at 10:20 PM. And he did this not once... but repeatedly.  "Do it once," Bon Jovi said, "you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you."

He went to describe matters of disrespect in the entertainment industry, exhibited particularly frequently by young starlets. “They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives,” Jovi shared in an interview with the London Evening Standard.
If disapproval from a seasoned music legend as epic as Jon Bon Jovi doesn't indicate a need to change, I don't know what does. Hopefully Bieber sees it that way as well.

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