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Justin Bieber Arrested: How Fans May Have Contributed to His Downfall

110603PCN_Bieber05This morning, the news was out everywhere: Justin Bieber arrested in Miami for drag racing in South Beach while allegedly intoxicated. And to make matters worse, it appears Justin Bieber’s drivers license was expired.

We all know that one of the world’s biggest pop stars has been on a downward spiral for quite sometime now, with his L.A. home raided for alleged drugs and with that whole egging incident at his neighbor’s house a few weeks ago. We’ve heard this before with several child and teen stars that have fallen from grace, and sadly it’s a story in the entertainment world that’s become a broken record. Simply put, it’s nothing new.

It’s horrible to think that yes, Justin Bieber could have killed someone while drag racing in South Beach. It’s clear that he needs help from his parents, his close family, and his friends to stop him before his behavior escalates even further, and he finds himself in a real, life-threatening situation. Unfortunately though, Justin’s own father, Jeremy Bieber, has also become an enabler. Along with Justin’s entourage, his father reportedly helped coordinate the drag race that got his son arrested in Miami.

But with all of the controversy surrounding Justin, I can’t help but wonder if we have played some part in this entire mess. Are we partly responsible for this “God-like” worshipping and obsession that we’ve developed with celebrities? And by “we” I mean his legions of fans that use social media to put Justin, and other celebrities, up on a pedestal so high that the stars truly start to believe that they’re invincible.

Celebrity obsessions can really make or break a talented star such as Justin, and in this day and age with social media at our fingertips, it seems like we want every little piece of the celebrities we follow that we can get. We want to know where they are, what they’re doing, what they’re eating, and what they’re wearing. We help make a celebrity become who they are while they rise to the top, but when they start crumbling towards the bottom, we’re also giving them that virtual push downhill, too.

Justin Bieber has been given idol-like status for a few years now. I know parents who have daughters that are 6-years-old that allow them to buy the posters, the T-shirts, the $300 concert tickets (dear Lord), and encourage this pop star-worshipping because it’s cool, it’s in, and it’s harmless … right? These young Beliebers have no idea what kind of lifestyle Justin Bieber leads outside of his lyrics. What I would like to know is if these same parents who are encouraging such idol-worshipping are explaining why Justin got arrested this morning, and what events led him to that arrest. I mean, as parents, do we tear down the posters because our favorite pop star messed up, or do we just let our children keep their earplugs on while reciting every word to Baby, Baby, Baby?

While Justin might make pop music enjoyable for his fans around the world, he also needs to be held accountable for his antics, and know that he shouldn’t be reckless, especially at other people’s expenses. And as parents, it’s time we explain to our children that these celebrity obsessions and overindulgences are little more than fairytales that are far from their realities.

Let’s not forget of course that Justin is human. But at the end of the day, he’s no idol.

Photos via PacificCoastNews.com

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