I can’t say that I have ever liked Justin Bieber. Now this may come as a shock to ’tween and teen girls who think he’s the shizzle, but I just couldn’t find the time to give a rat’s hindquarters about the “pop star” who makes more trouble than music.
For those of you who missed the onslaught of media coverage, 19-year-old Justin Bieber was arrested Thursday morning. Here are the details, courtesy of the Miami Herald:
“After allegedly smoking pot all day, drinking beer and popping anti-depressants, bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber went on a wild predawn drag race in Miami Beach that landed him in jail Thursday morning, police said.
“When stopped by police in his yellow Lamborghini, Bieber barraged officers with a string of F-bombs, babbled incoherently, refused to get out of his car and, when he finally stepped out, declined to take his hands out of his pockets, according to the police report.
“He was booked at Miami Beach police headquarters on DUI, resisting arrest and drag-racing, a police spokesman said. The musician’s entourage had apparently used their cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street, a residential area, at 4:30 a.m., creating a drag strip for the young star, who had been on a party spree in South Florida.”
Further reading of the details of this incident illuminated the incredible restraint the police officers showed during his arrest. Bieber will deserve more significant consequences than he’s probably going to get, as he is rich enough to hire whatever legal help he’s going to need. Sadly, what he needs is to go to jail for a few months, and then be released into a real rehab program.
Disagree? Sure, lots of people experiment with alcohol and drugs. Sure, lots of people get stupid. But most of them don’t have an unlimited supply of cash and a posse of “Yes-Beliebers” who enable a bad boy’s every whim. I couldn’t care less if Bieber smoked and drank and popped in his home, his hotel, or his recording studio. Go nuts. But I have a real problem with someone who has the repeat tendency of getting baked and then getting behind the wheel of a high-powered machine in order to drag race through residential neighborhoods at 4:30 a.m.
In the best of all possible worlds, this will be a wake-up call for Bieber. His “extended stay” in South Florida might help him grow up a bit and understand that even for a rich spoiled brat, actions have consequences. He could really learn from his mistakes and become a real role model.
Sadly, I don’t think that’s going to happen just yet. The more likely scenario is that after his South Florida vacation, he’ll return home and continue being his bad boy self. And if that’s the case, here is my Justin Bieber wish list:
1) Like O.J. Simpson illustrating that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, Bieber gets some real jail time for endangering people’s lives with his drunken and drugged drag racing on residential streets.
2) When he does eventually lose control of his Lamborghini and crashes in a fireball, hopefully he will be the only victim, and that the accident happens on a deserted road… in Canada… after he has been deported and denied reentry into the United States.