It didn’t take long for Twitter users to weigh in on Justin Bieber’s arrest in Miami.
Within hours of the world learning that Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early this morning on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired licence, the Twitterverse was buzzing with tweets commenting on the incident, including many from celebrity users.
Comic actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his long-running role on the U.S. version of The Office, earned best tweet honours with his comment: “Im starting to miss the young, adorable mop bucket peeing, house egging & strip club raging Bieber of 2013.”
From the other side of the pond, Ricky Gervais (who created and starred in the original British version of The Office), tweeted a picture of himself, shirtless and tipsy-looking while hoisting a pint of beer, with the comment, “Bathing under the influence. I’m your Bieber now.”
In other Twitter reactions, French actor Sebastian Roche (@sebroche), tweeted, “Justin Bieber has officially changed his name to Lindsey.”
From comedian Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack): “Doesn’t Hollywood have any original ideas? I’ve seen this Bieber movie so many times.”
And musician Questlove (@questlove) was presumably being sarcastic with his tweet saying, “FREE POLITICAL PRISONER JUSTIN DREW BIEBER!!!!!!”
In a rare hint of celebrity solidarity, model Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen) attempted to take the higher moral ground with her tweet, “It’s a super ugly thing to root for someone’s failure, no matter how douchey the douche. You just become a different category of douche.”
Far more serious – and perhaps more worrying to Bieber’s management team – were the steady stream of dismayed tweets from the singer’s young fandom.
Related one young Bieber fan with the Twitter handle @thejbiebervogue: “So my mom came into my room and said “So did you hear about Justin? And I just hid under my covers and said “I don’t wanna talk about it.”
From @kidrauhlcharts: “I am helpless. I can’t do anything to help Justin. What if one day we wake up and Justin’s gone. I don’t even want to think about it.”
But the biggest public concern: It’s possible that Bieber’s arrest will have children all over the world focusing on the pop star’s personal woes instead of their schoolwork.