Tonight I write a post about someone I NEVER thought that I would - Justin Bieber. After viewing the above video where he gets booed while accepting a newly created milestone award at the Billboard Awards 2013, I must say that this artist, who I do find just as annoying as a lot of us non teenagers do, has garnered my empathy. This is a young man who was thrust into the spotlight at an early age and was basically pimped out. He may have been pimped out and exploited in ways he did not necessarily want. He may harbor some secret resentment towards that but chooses not to bite the hand the fed him and brought him out of a struggling financial situation. I have watched a few interviews of him and have seen some of his pre-fame performance videos and have concluded that Justin Bieber is an exploited pawn of the industry milked for every penny he can earn those who discovered him. Sure, he gets a cut, but at what price? There is always a price to pay when you have a struggling dream and are desperate to succeed.
Here is a young man who was just a normal white boy playing guitar and singing in the way that a white boy would normally sing - WHILE PLAYING GUITAR...Yes, I'm using race in this post and it will become apparent why soon. Anyway, now this white boy playing guitar has been discover by a black guy named USHER and brought into the spotlight. This Usher also got discovered young, but also lost his innocence while young. On Usher's “Behind the Music” docu, he spoke subtly of the very adult situations he was put in the midst of at such a young and impressionable age. Situations he had no business being in, if you ask me. Look at Usher's old music videos and see how suggestive and sexual in nature was his songs and dance moves. This kid was being milked for money in a way that relied on his underage sexuality. Usher, now grown, expresses no regrets. He wanted to be like his idols and get famous. For a minute he did have his on air meltdown on MTV that time, but he got back on the grind and put away all things, including his wife, choosing instead to be a sexual musical artist with adoring female fans for a little while longer and possibly forever if he thinks he can manage, though I believe he needs to go sit down somewhere, anyway...
Flash forward to a young white boy on guitar singing songs and posting them on YouTube..This Usher finds out about him and immediately sees dollar signs. Next thing you know, this young white boy who comes from a broken home and trying financial situations, suddenly has a chance to escape and achieve his dreams..His mother has always supported his dream and of course would not stop to think about any consequences of musically pimping her son out to the industry. So, the innocent white boy on guitar is scooped up and has his guitar removed. He is then made to learn dance moves instead. He goes from casual typical teenage dress to hip hop thuggin' chains, sneakers, saggin pants, silk shirts and ear piercings. He has been formed into a completely different kind of artist from the clean cut singing guitar stringing sensation on YouTube. Perhaps he is coached on how to behave even. Perhaps he is told he must have a cool persona to be charismatic with all the potential screaming girl fans. So, he adopts this street speech and keeps a squinty look in his eyes like the one Will Smith's son always has that makes you want to slap his eyes open to their normal state. And thus, a singin white nigga better known as “wigga” is born becoming a huge cash cow for the industry. You as his mother see these changes and he starts acting out. Some is typical teenage behavior, but some is a reaction to not being 100 percent real to his true self, the original self that he was before he got swept to stardom.
That Justin perhaps fights to be seen. But the new Justin doesn't want to disappoint those who rescued him from the life he had...so, instead he vents every now and then. But ultimately stays in line like a good slave should. Would you not do the same? Would you have been strong enough to resists at his age? I do not hate Justin, he simply is not my taste in an artist. But I understand because back in the day I was right there obsessed with Hanson and other 90s boy bands. But hey, at least Hanson played their instruments and stayed true to themselves..Justin, to me, is a victim of fame and now no longer knows who he is...And for that reason, I sympathize with his lost soul....And there's my 2 cents. Leave the boy alone or offer him another way to make a living and survive as an artist singing his dream...