Beating the Drum on Beiber

Beating the Drum

Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa. She is the author of the blog Ancient Wisdom at: www.beverlyblanchard.blogspot.ca

Justin Beiber may be rich and famous

but he's still a teenager — give him a break

By Beverly D. Blanchard
True North Perspective

26 April 2013 — It would appear from media reports that Justin Bieber’s life has been spiraling out of control. Apparently he was caught with his shirt off in an airport, and he is being investigated by the police after allegedly 'assaulting' his neighbour. The assault was an alleged spitting. Oh yes and he was caught driving over 100 mph on a Los Angeles, California, freeway.

In addition to these infractions, he also signed the guest book after a tour of Anne Frank’s house with a suggestion that she might have been a Bieber follower. Now we have a new report that he is not helping out his grandparents who live in a house with a hole in the roof.

Since he is Canadian, and he might have First Nation or Inuit lineage, I figured I would divert my attention away from my Aboriginal Awareness articles and take the time to write an article in defense of Justin.

I find it interesting that we expect perfect behaviour from people who are in the celebrity spotlight. We expect them to be role models and demand that they set examples for all their followers. It is not only Justin Bieber we have done this to. Over the years, we have done this to many celebrities, and when they fall off the pedestal, there are some onlookers who take great delight in this fall. Perhaps we should look at our own behaviours before we condemn someone else.

When I looked at the articles written about Bieber’s behaviour, I am somewhat taken aback. He is only nineteen years old and what the media is portraying as deviant behaviour is questionable. One only has to think back to our own teenage years and the trouble we may have gotten into. I mean really so he took his shirt off in an airport. Does that mean someone is spiraling out of control? 

To me his written comment at the home of Anne Frank was taken out of context. Once again, the media focused on the follies of youth. They neglected to mention that he did indeed bring light to an important issue.

When Bieber first hit the spotlight, he was the media darling and they built him up.  Now like every other celebrity before him, they are seeking to bring him back down. It is no doubt that the next thing they will do is say he is need of rehab. They did the same thing with Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Actually they are still doing it.

I say let him have his fun and let him be a teenager. Give him a break. It must be quite hard to always have a camera hiding around every corner and watching your every move. Perhaps if the media really wants to highlight deviant behaviour, they should look at some of the so called stars of reality television. I mean some of the women on the Housewives of Vancouver have issues.

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