Rebel without a clue: Justin Bieber continues his enfant terrible behaviour in Brazil

The Globe and Mail

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Justin Bieber performs during his 'Believe' world tour in Panama City. The website of Brazil's biggest news outlet has published photos apparently showing pop star Justin Bieber spray painting graffiti on a wall and says police want to question him. Defacing buildings is - a crime in Brazil punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File) (Arnulfo Franco/AP)

When it comes to public mischief and bad behaviour, leave it to Bieber.

Once again, Justin Bieber has gone out of his way to appear the bad boy. You thought the Canadian pop export peeing into a kitchen bucket or being carried up the Great Wall of China was outrageous? Wait until you see the postcards he’s been sending from Brazil.

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Currently into the Brazilian leg of his seemingly never-ending Believe tour, the 19-year-old Bieber is making headlines again for his erratic antics.

Onstage, Bieber is a bubble-gum crooner singing syrupy love songs to sobbing girls; away from the spotlight, he’s a rebel without a clue. What are his most current bad-boy moves? Where to begin.

Item No. 1: According to The Daily Mail, Bieber is currently wanted by police in Rio de Janeiro for defacing a wall with graffiti.

The media outlet claims Rio police have initiated an inquiry an “act of vandalism” by the singer for allegedly spray-painting on the side of a hotel on Tuesday morning.

Apparently, Bieber, along with his usual posse of bodyguards and sycophants, were running around the streets of the Rio’s upscale Sao Conrado neighbourhood at around 3 a.m.

And what sort of message was Bieber sharing with the Brazilian people? His impromptu artwork consisted primarily of childish cartoon faces and sketches of baseball caps, along with the phrases “Beliebers 4 life” and “respect privacy” (which he wrote on the side of a private property purchased by a group of Brazilian businessmen in 2009 for roughly $40-million).

So far, Bieber has avoided custody and has taken his tour on to Paraguay, but a police spokesman said Bieber could be arrested for the crime the next time he tries to enter Brazil. Oh, Justin, you’re bad to the bone.

Item No. 2: A video has surfaced showing Bieber mingling with devoted Brazilian fans, some of whom paid upwards of nearly $1,400 for a “meet and greet” with the pride of Stratford, Ont. The video must be seen to be believed.

In the video, Bieber wears dark shades and doesn’t even glance at any of the star-struck fans, who waited for three hours for him to show up. No one was allowed to talk to Bieber. The fans take turns posing with the pouty pop star before each one is rudely pushed away by his ever-present security team. And then the meet and greet is over.

Not surprisingly, some of the Beliebers registered their disbelief at their hero’s rudeness on Twitter.

Tweeted one (former) fan: “I’ve just left the ‘meet’ in shock. Half of us left loving him and half left hating him. Guys it was so quick. Ask anyone.”

Bieber’s dismissive manner was picked up on by Brazilian gossip columnist Leonardo Torres, who described the meet and greet for the website Portal Pop thusly: “There were no, ’hi, okay?’s, no ’my name is’ or ’I’ve loved you since…’. It’s done like a factory line, and often the ’greet’ doesn’t even happen.”

That’s our Justin, forever giving back to the fans that made him famous in the first place.

And Item No. 3: While in Brazil, Bieber tried to reconfirm his reputation as a hardcore party animal and at one point was running around with 30 young women in his entourage. Oh, yeah, he went there.

According to Brazilian press accounts, Bieber was looking for a little fun following his concert in Sao Paulo last week. His first stop was to a nightclub called Disco, but that wasn’t much fun, so he hired a private jet and flew back to Rio.

Bieber reportedly arrived at the Zax Club in west Rio at around 1:30 a.m., where he and his gaggle of hangers-on immediately made a beeline for the club’s private rooms. That’s just how Bieber rolls.

At 3 a.m., Bieber, surrounded by a phalanx of burly bodyguards, exited the club with an estimated 30 young women, all of whom were dressed in black for some manner of Halloween celebration. Everyone piled into two vans (Justin’s van was first, of course) and the entire group headed off to a rented mansion for more partying.

Oh, and one more thing. According to the Brazilian press, Bieber allegedly tried to hire eight young women last Friday night when he visited the infamous strip club Centaurus. And at this club, the word “stripper” is pretty much synonymous with “prostitute,” who charge a minimum of $1,200 for an overnight stay. In Brazil, prostitution is legal, but owning a brothel is not.

In the end, the club allowed Bieber to depart with only two girls, but the trio was reportedly refused admission to the Copacabana Palace hotel, where Bieber was staying.

Apparently the Copacabana Palace has strict rules against prostitution on its premises, so Bieber and his girls-for-hire, along with his bodyguards, were said to have been forced to find more permissive lodgings.

And we thought Rob Ford was a handful?