To Beliebe or Not to Beliebe: The Media’s Portrayal of Justin Bieber

It’s fair to say Justin Bieber and the press are very familiar. Throughout the course of his career, the star has regularly visited the front cover of newspapers after a supposed malicious action or unprofessional activity. However, the narcissist he is portrayed to be by the media can be considered no more than a faux.

Bieber’s unending criticism accompanied the very start of his career and has persisted to the present day. Within the celebrity universe, accusations against them are at times exaggerated. It could be argued that the Sorry singer is the mostly frequently-wronged star by exaggeration. The majority of the accusations do indeed explode from a single anonymous source blowing up a minor tale. However, this does not prevent the press from thriving on it and branding Bieber as an inhumane monster in their reports. The press have the duty to inform the general public and the actions of celebrities fall within this required bracket. But of all systems the Press should be aware of the danger and harm caused by misrepresentation.

Under the scrutinizing and obsessive eye of the people, every single flaw of a person can be uncovered, however elusive such flaws may be. It is incredibly demeaning for any celebrity to be slandered against by news outlets and in Beiber’s case drive away potential fans and dash tantalising potential moves for the future. For example at Virgin Media’s V Festival 2016 in Staffordshire, United Kingdom, Justin jibed about the dismal English weather, saying, “That’ll be on MTV news tomorrow.’’ Naturally the News reported “ ’Bieber verbally attacks England’ ”.  This example ticks all of the boxes. False? Check. Insulting? Creates potential for criticism against Justin? Check.

Furthermore harassing any person and announcing their every move via their publication means that people’s flaws will be uncovered. No one is immaculate and the Press should be delicate in reporting these important moments. However in constantly being in the presence of a person this will inevitably provoke a negative reaction at some point. Perhaps the Press should understand they are partially to blame in some of these instances and should not be hasty in denouncing actions that are a result of their own.

Bieber’s worst offences include a video of him cursing Bill Clinton, abandoning his pet monkey and sitting on his bodyguards’ shoulders while crossing the Great Wall of China. However, these events, spun into verbal attacks by the media, really do have a rational or perhaps an understandable explanation. The video of Justin cursing Bill Clinton was no more than a short blurry clip of a drunken Bieber after a late night out. If Justin were an unknown citizen, an action like this would not have even received a batter of an eyelid yet because of his worldwide fame, his words exploded into an endless reel of abuse. We have all made drunk mistakes, the public and the Press should understand not to scrutinise minor actions so heavily, especially when they have likely made mistakes of their own.

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His pet monkey, Mally, though “abandoned”, went on to receive an improved life at a zoo in Germany, far from the suggested image the press printed of Justin simply ridding of the monkey and leaving it on the streets. As for riding the shoulders of his bodyguards while crossing the Great Wall of China: if Bieber is paying them and they are willing to do such a task then Bieber has every right to ride their shoulders and approval is needed from these individuals only.

Anyone can be made out to be substandard however virtuous they may be and the public must remember see within what they read in the news and be open minded to different interpretations then what is in front of them. The press should expose offensive acts, however adding their own to the mix should never be taken lightly.

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