Even for someone as ubiquitous as he is, Justin Bieber had a pretty heavy week in the celebrity-news spotlight.
His $200,000 Ferrari was pulled over multiple times. He was photographed apparently grabbing a female fan’s breast. Photos of him reportedly smoking marijuana are circulating again. And, oh yeah, he has a new album out.
Let’s break down Bieber’s busy week.
The grope: Bieber was photographed this week cupping a fan’s breast while
kissing her on the cheek at a meet-and-greet event. The woman doesn’t
seem to mind, but it’s not exactly the most mannerly move.
The lesson: There are cameras everywhere. Come on.
The photos: A month ago, a photo of Bieber smoking pot surfaced, which led to the pop star claiming he owns the rights to any photos of him taken at parties and inspired a brief and horrible “Cut for Bieber” trend online.
Now, TMZ is reporting that more photos of Bieber smoking weed with his buddies, in addition to ones of him at a party where there was a bottle of codeine-laced cough syrup (aka “purple drank” or “sizzurp,” popularized by rappers including Lil Wayne).
The lesson: Either stop it, or at least take it behind closed doors. Bieber, like a lot of 18-year-olds, may be trying out some adult vices. If he cares about the perception of his behavior, he’ll stop these leaks — or better yet, cut out the behavior.
The car: Bieber’s Ferrari was involved in the New Year’s day death of
paparazzo Chris Guerra. Bieber had lent the car to his friend, rapper
Lil Twist, who was driving at the time of the accident. Twice this week,
another rapper friend, Lil Za, was pulled over by police, once for the
car’s too-dark tinted windows and once for reportedly making an illegal
The lesson: Maybe don’t let your friends borrow your incredibly expensive, paparazzi magnet of a car.
The album: “Believe Acoustic,” a stripped-down version of his 2012 album with a couple of new tracks, debuted this week. It’s expected to hit No. 1 on the next Billboard album chart.
The lesson: With an army of Beliebers, transgressions like the ones above may not matter all that much.