By now you’ve all probably seen the news. Over the weekend, gossip behemoth TMZ released shocking footage of teen superstar Justin “JT 2.0” Bieber “clutching a smoldering blunt”. Swaggy.
It’s basically the worst thing to happen to pop music since Miley Cyrus was caught huffing a bong back in 2010. Cept, not really. The pop world has always been one fat packed blunt after another. Ask George Michael.
I wonder how much chronic Georgey inhaled before he decided on that ensemble? George loves getting blazed. He also has the kind of hair that’s made for Maybelline adverts. Personally, I can’t wait until the Biebs gets his medical license and starts delving down a similar hydroponic route. Imagine. A "Club Tropicana" styled Bieber video, with him
relaxing on the beach, scouting for hunnies, casually getting splashed by waves as he draws from a big L. Belieb.
For real though, this is 2013. Colorado and Washington just legaliSed weed, so should it really still be a taboo? In the past year alone, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Zayn Malik were all criticised heavily for puffing the magic dragon. Even Ron Weasley took a hit and he’s a wizard.
Bieber fans were obviously pretty upset that Justin was doing drugs. Will he die? Doesn’t your brain explode if you smoke weed? It’s the devils lettuce! It’s much more fun to smoke life, Justin! The beseeching from his fans caused the Biebs to tweet some kind of demure, chastening
everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 5, 2013
I feel you, JB. But you shouldn’t have to be apologising. I’d like to believe this is in fact an analogy related to learning how to roll L plates, 'cos it took me at least three packs of Rizla to learn those. Really though, Bieber shouldn’t have to say sorry for doing something which is so completely commonplace in the world that it’s the smoke equivalent of drinking a Fanta.
It’s totally okay for rappers to bowl around with fuck loads of weed (Sup, Juicy J?) openly smoke it on camera (Yo, Cudi!) and to write songs about it (Hiya Snoop!) so, surely it should be the same for pop stars, if we're all equal and all that?
Basically, chastising Bieber for having a toke is to undo what the rap world has been trying so long to enforce. Weed is real and it's not made by the devil. I get that he's a role model for thousands of teen girls and whatever, but if they're going to become chronic weed smokers just because they saw Bieber clutching a joint is dumb. It's like saying heroin addicts based their decision to shoot up after listening to The Velvet Underground. Umm, except heroin is really bad and totally illegal anyway and weed is now totally legal (in two states).
Essentially, what I'm trying to say is…Bieber, I'm in #solidarity. Wanna go for a bun next week?
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