Photo Credit: Courtesy of Justin Bieber/Instagram
Justin Bieber's fans really, really love him. And, to his credit, the pop star has always made a point of expressing that appreciation right back. But the 19-year-old singer took that love a little too far when he reposted a fan-drawn picture of him with a "Belieber" -- both apparently naked and in bed -- to Instagram.
Of course, all of the comments on the image are by fans freaking out about how much they love Bieber -- and expressing how much they wish they were the girl featured in the picture. But the words "Justin" and "Belieber," as seen in the drawing, bring to mind the singer's most recent controversy in a very negative way. Following a visit to the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, Bieber now infamously wrote in the guestbook, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."
There has been an appropriate amount of backlash to the guestbook comment, which has been confirmed and defended by spokespeople at the museum. Bieber has yet to comment on it (which is probably for the best, considering his recent tendency toward Twitter rants), though he has followed it up by tweeting pictures of himself being cute with fans, writing about how much he misses his siblings and even making a nice comment toward those affected by the Boston Marathon attack.
But what was Bieber thinking when he posted this picture? Was he trying to recognize fan art he thought was good? Or is he once again trying to prove himself as more grown-up? The connotation here is that he thinks 1) all of his fans want to sleep with him or 2) he can sleep with any of his fans, which is just ew. The average age of the world's Beliebers is what: 13? Put your clothing back on, Justin. No, seriously.
Bieber has a public image to repair, and this isn't the way to do it. We're all for him showing how much he recognizes and loves his fans; he frequently follows through on their requests for retweets, which is cute. But this Instagram post is disturbing. Regardless of its intent, this picture sends the wrong message to his fans, the majority of whom are young girls, and it definitely wasn't the timeliest moment to share it. Where the heck is Bieber's PR team at a time like this?