By Craig McNair
With his Lego haircut and feminine looks, Justin Bieber has successfully become the latest popular music flavor of the week. Just like Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice before him, Bieber has somehow sold millions of records. It’s sad to think that 50 years ago the youth of the world had pop acts like The Beatles, The Beach Boys and the Jackson 5, while our generation gets stuck with overproduced, auto-tuned garbage. The music generated today in the pop market, with the exceptions of Beyonce and Alicia Keys, is repetitious and emotionless. It is time that we as the youth of America call for better music and musicians. No more Bieber, no more Pitbull and no more T-Pain. Ask yourselves: are these really the names that you want at the top of your pop charts? Everybody must remember that if you don’t buy it, they won’t play it.
Despite all of this, there are still thousands upon thousands who have been stricken with “Bieber Fever.” With quotes from Beiber like, “I’m just a regular 16-year-old kid. I make good grilled cheese and I like girls,” as cited in The Huffington Post, it’s hard to see what’s so special. Another quote from the article finds Bieber stating, “I want my world to be fun. No parents, no rules, no nothing. Like, no one can stop me. No one can stop me.”
Celebrities are also among those who have recently been plagued with the epidemic of “Bieber Fever.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber’s mentor Usher stated that “it takes time to be an icon. That’s why I’m here-to make sure he doesn’t forget that.”
Bieber did, however, manage to make it onto a CBS list of stars we love to hate, along with Snooki, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Palin and Rosie O’Donnell, to name a few.
According to an article on MSNBC.com, Greg Leuch, director of research and development of Rocketboom, created an application known as “Shaved Bieber” that blocks all files with the words “Bieber,” “Justin Bieber” and photos with “Bieber” in the file name. Leuch has been receiving death threats from teenage girls all around the world in reaction to the “Shaved Bieber” software, including one that stated, “I know many things about you and I know where you live. Just be aware. I might just appear behind you and shoot you with a gun.” One can only hope they find the vaccination for “Bieber Fever” soon, before someone gets hurt.