Famed climber and dollar bill advocate Justin Bieber is known for being kind of a douchebag. And by “kind of,” I mean there are entire sections of celebrity bloggers’ brains devoted to keeping track of all the obnoxious, outlandish and childish things Justin Bieber does as his posse golf claps. Now, Biebs has decided to add fat shaming to his lineup of talents.
Apparently, Bieber was staying at the Hyatt Regency in Perth when a fan of his decided to punch him in the face as they sat next to the pool. No, wait, that’s not it at all–the fan merely tried to exist, but you’d think she had done something violent given how horribly Bieber allegedly began treating her. Hotel guest Helen Robinett recalls the situation as an onlooker:
“One girl who was gorgeous looking, with long dark hair and would have been about a size 14. Justin looked over at her and said ‘What are you, Hawaiian or something?’ She said ‘No, I’m not’. Then he said ‘You look like a beached whale’ … The girl said ‘Are you serious’ and he said ‘You should go on The Biggest Loser.’ … The whole pool deck heard him call this beautiful young girl a beached whale. Everyone heard. And there was silence. It was almost like his security were used to it.”
Uh, what the hell? Robinett’s daughter says the girl was “almost in tears,” which is just awful. And that’s not all: another guest says Bieber was even making mean gestures regarding the girl’s body.
“I saw Bieber make a gesture with his hands to imitate a large belly as he spoke to the long haired girl and I heard him say something about The Biggest Loser and he was pointing at her – and I saw the girl and her friends leave, downcast. I also told her not to take any notice of him as she walked past us, I’m not sure if she heard me. Bieber seemed to think he was funny, he was smiling and looking to his burly minders for their approval.”
Robinett says she made a formal complaint to the hotel, but it “said the girl was OK and she was a Bieber fan.” Oh, okay. Well, as long as she’s only being insulted and verbally bullied by somebody she likes and who’s famous, then that should be fine.
I am definitely guilty of joking about Justin Bieber’s army of fans on occasion, as I find it equal parts depressing and peculiar that they’ll rush to defend their idol using as many poorly-typed middle school insults as they can conjure up. But those screaming, adoring fans are just that–adoring. And when you adore somebody, even if it’s not somebody whom you’ve ever met, the idea of that person mocking specifically you is terrible.
As a teenager, your body image constantly hangs in the balance–some days it’s good, some days it’s okay, some days consist of wanting to throw yourself into a human-sized blender wherein your appearance will be transformed into anything that isn’t, well, your own. So that instability combined with your idol insulting your body, all topped off with a nice splash of societal norms, and you’ve got a bottomless Insecurity Cocktail.
Basically, what I’m saying is that Justin Bieber behaves like a fucking douchebag. If he did indeed mock this girl as has been reported, then I can’t imagine anybody who hangs out with him remotely likes him for much besides his money and influence (unless they’re also total douchebags). But then, that would make sense as to why his “crew” never seems to step in when the kid is acting like a wealthy, 5’7″ toddler who can’t stop shitting everywhere in hopes that those around him will applaud. Fortunately, he appears to be obliged.