Music & Culture
Has Fame Corrupted Bieber, or Is He Just a Rebellious Teen?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | July 17, 2012
The other day, Justin Bieber was pulled over and cited for speeding in his $100,000, chromed Fisker Karma hybrid sports car. He was trying to evade paparazzi by meandering in and out of traffic at over 100 miles per hour.
The incident was witnessed and reported by Dennis Zine, a Los Angeles City Councilman, who said that Bieber should have been arrested.
He was going from the fast lane to the slow lane to the shoulder in traffic. It was a very dangerous driving situation. I figured someone was going to crash, so I called 911 (Dennis Zine).
Even though Bieber hasn’t been behind the wheel long, he’s already been pulled over a few times for being reckless. On one occasion he was stopped because he cut off a highway patrolman while racing friends in traffic. He was driving his custom-built Batmobile.
So the question is whether it’s fame or just his rebellious side that’s causing Bieber to behave so recklessly while driving. Let’s forget that he’s buying cars that cost a fortune, but rather acknowledge that they attract a lot of attention. So if Bieber is not looking to get noticed, especially by the paparazzi, he’s picking the wrong cars.
I believe Bieber does want the attention. And that’s his prerogative. But when the paparazzi noticed him and scrambled for pictures, he should have chosen to act responsibly rather than recklessly.
Fame obviously plays a huge part in Bieber’s actions. But his attitude is also reflective of all rebellious teenage boys playing with their toys. In Bieber’s case, his financial status affords him the luxury of expensive toys, but still, there’s no excuse to cause a dangerous situation for other people.
Paparazzi in Hollywood chasing well-known celebrities is not new. Bieber and every other celebrity should understand that and opt for more responsible ways to deal with them or avoid them–driving a less conspicuous car would be a good start. But maybe Bieber is just using these opportunities to speed. Maybe he thinks that because he’s famous, he can get away with it.
In a recent post, I listed some biblical verses for those of you hoping to make it to Hollywood. I wrote, “As your success grows, remain grounded. Never forget that you’re human, an equal and a child of God. You’re no better than anyone and your talent is your gift.” I then offered the following scripture from Romans:
For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
My fear is that like many young stars, Bieber is allowing fame to get to his head. And in doing so, he’s assuming he is above the law. Let’s pray that God opens Beiber’s eyes to his negative behavior so he is reminded that his talent is a gift from God. May God also remind him of his responsibility as a Christian to glorify Him in all his actions.
What do you think, PI ladies? Do you think Bieber has been corrupted by fame, or is he just acting like a typical rebellious teen?