Many thought I was.
— Ben Waxman (@benwaxman) April 15, 2013
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.