Why the Justin Bieber backlash keeps building

The Globe and Mail

Singer Justin Bieber watches players during the first half of Game 7 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, Monday, June 3, 2013 in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

I’m not usually one to take a stance on the Biebs, but seriously, what’s wrong with him? Anyone?

He’s world-famous, recognized everywhere he goes, adored and idolized by thousands of people, et cetera, et cetera. Must he need another reason to at least make it look like he’s trying to be a positive role model for all those fans?

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Instead, he’s peeing into a mop bucket. TMZ obtained a video apparently showing the singer doing the deed on his way out from a nightclub through a restaurant kitchen while his friends and someone who looks like security stand by and watch.

“That’s the coolest spot to piss,” one of his friends can be heard saying. “You’re not gonna remember him pissin’ in the restroom. Like everybody does that.”


The video continues – Bieber takes a bottle filled with some sort of cleaning liquid and squirts it at a picture of Bill Clinton on the wall, saying “F--- Bill Clinton” as he does it.

Real mature. Coming from a group of boys who announce they are the “Wild Kidz” as they walk up the stairs, we shouldn’t really expect more. Heavy emphasis on the kids.

The Internet is angry with the Biebs for another reason, too. Earlier this week, he snapped a photo of the Stanley Cup inside the Chicago Blackhawks locker room, which on its own would have been okay.

The real problem was that he stood on the team’s logo while taking the picture. Biebs violated the “golden rule” of the Hawks locker room, which is never step on the team’s logo. Failure to follow the rule will get you a one-way ticket out of the locker room. I may be the only person who didn’t know this was a thing before.

The guys in the background of the photo taken of Biebs don’t seem to be too upset. Okay, one looks a little petrified, another looks mildly amused, and the one on the far right is totally thinking, “If I don’t actually watch him take the photo, I can pretend I didn’t let it happen, right?”

But Anthony Bourdain was mad.

Oh, Biebs. You started out so sweet and innocent. Remember your first Christmas at the White House? Or when you encouraged people to adopt pets from shelters? What happened to those days, Bieber?

Yet, it seems as though there’s nothing you can do that will make your fans turn on you the way the rest of the Internet has.

How about you try this: When you’re in a tricky situation, channel your inner heroes. Think, “What would Usher do?” If the answer is: “He wouldn’t pee in a mop bucket!” then it’s probably a bad idea.

And hopefully next time TMZ releases news of you, it’s a shocking, unbelievable video of you rescuing a cat from a tree, or giving your private jet to charity.

Heavy emphasis on the unbelievable.