Was I A Little Hard On The Bieber Last Night?

Many thought I was.

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But here’s the thing. Bieber is a role model to millions of youngsters, like it or not. His comments reflect an egocentricity more than anything else, an egocentricity that seems to be indicative of the NOW generation.

Why did he have to turn what could have been a poignant moment into a moment about himself?

I don’t think his age provides some kind of excuse. We have 19-year-olds defending our countries. When I was 19, I made the life-changing decision to become an observant Jew. Why do we have to accept this kind of behavior at an age where people are capable of knowing better? Why not demand even higher levels of behavior when someone is placed in the position of being a role model?

And let’s not forget he really missed an opportunity to make a difference when he was last in Israel.

Let’s face it. He’s so far up himself, he needs a miner’s lamp.

18 thoughts on “Was I A Little Hard On The Bieber Last Night?”

    1. Hmm. He didn’t have to, but possibly he went because his management team thought it would be a good idea, and look good to the media after a lot of bratty behavior recently. On the other hand, this is part of the unfortunate phenomenon where society elevates celebrities to unrealistic status. We shouldn’t give a platform to their politics or their opinions outside of their art. Being talented (or for other reason famous) in an area like music does not afford them intelligence or even common sense. If we don’t expect them to be spokespeople or role models, we wouldn’t be disappointed.

  1. So you’re not a Belieber. Neither am I. But I didn’t exactly have it together when I was 19. I thought joining the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War would be an adventure (it was a lot more than that – started my life-long slide to the political left). Give the kid a break, Dave. You sound old and grouchy instead of the young, vital voice of a generation of Israelis your readers have come to expect. Personally, I think Star Wars is kinda silly, but I don’t hold that against you.

    1. Please don’t make me delete your comments. I am loathe to do so, but that last part of your comment went too far. It sounds plain hateful, and does not promote any worthwhile discussion.

      1. i apologize….comment was offhand and uncalled for

        can i get the same pass from fans that bieber has gotten?

      2. OK, I’m a goy and I use the term goy with Jews, not my fellow gentiles (most of them don’t even know what a goy is.) I am never offended when a Jew calls me a goy, although in some contexts I suppose it can be pejorative.
        For what it’s worth, Walt’s comment was not offensive to me. Or were you talking about the lower case Canadian reference?

        1. it was wrong for me to use goy as a pejorative

          it seems the bieb did not have any formal education before he became a pop star and this was his first experience learning about anne frank, the nazis and ww2…for why else would he insert himself into the narrative.

          for that, i blame his parents and the canadian educational system

          he gets a pass, cuz im sure as an uber talent, he doesnt have the time to use the internet, except for twitter, facebook and youtube let alone read a book

          now you must excuse me as i must return to another blog and go back to bashing the second chapter of that so original megahit the hunger games

      3. Aussie Dave, I don’t know if you were too hard on Bieber, but you ARE being a bit tough with poor Walt!

        I think he was just trying to be funny–in the US we’re always making jokes at Canadians’ expense.

        I chuckled when I read his comment…I don’t see that there was anything mean-spirited there.

  2. Dave, I think you’re being way too hard on Bieber. Based on my understanding of his trip to the Ann Frank museum, he was moved by what he saw. What he wrote is a bit stilted, but my take is as follows: “I’m really sorry she had such a hard life and died needlessly at such a young age. I’d love for her to have been able to listen to and enjoy my music; she could never do that because she died from a fatal illness she got in a Nazi death camp.” That isn’t really egocentric at all. He viewed Ann Frank as a person first, not as a victim. That’s to be commended, not criticized.

      1. I don’t particularly care for his “music”, but he did not do anything offensive at all. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt Aryeh.

    1. have you applied to be bieber’s ghost writer?

      and had frank been alive today, i highly doubt that her 80 something self would have been a devoted listener of bieber’s so called music

      1. That’s not the point. Ann Frank was a teenager during her years in hiding. She acted like one, putting up pictures of movie stars on the walls of her hiding space, keeping a diary, angsting about her parents’ troubled marriage. That’s how Bieber was looking at her: a person, who if she were a teenager today might be a fan of his music. He isn’t looking at her as a statistic, a victim or a saint.

        And I don’t need to be his ghost writer; I can interpret his words, exercising something called independent thinking. Something your namesake likes to indulge in.

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