COMMENTARY: Even In Apologizing To Bill Clinton, Justin Bieber Comes Off As Arrogant Jerk

Justin BieberInstead of apologizing to the public about his crude behavior, Justin Bieber bragged on twitter that he spoke to Bill Clinton. The fact that so many young fans encourage his every move – where it’s right or wrong – doesn’t help.

It started when video captured Bieber urinating into a mop bucket in a restaurant’s kitchen. Surrounded by a team of giddy ‘yes-men’ (or rather, boys), the self satisfied Bieber laughs it all off, then grabs spray cleaner and douses a framed photo of former President Bill Clinton with it, screaming “F—- you Bill Clinton!”

The internet erupted with criticism, but Bieber’s ‘Beliebers,’  as he called them, seem to think he can do no wrong, and as long as he is surrounded by the people that think his every move is beyond reproach, Bieber is apparently without remorse. He made sure to tweet video of fans screaming over him in the past 48 hours.

Bieber TweetThat said, he reportedly did later apologize to Clinton via phone. Bieber said so on twitter, tweeting: “@billclinton thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant alot. #greatguy.”

Clinton didn’t tweet back.

Extra reports that Bieber said he was sorry for disrespecting him. The former President accepted his apology, and according to E!, responded with something like “If that is the worst thing you have ever done, all is well.”

Here’s my problem with all this. Bieber’s tweets never mention that he shouldn’t have done any of it in the first place. Instead, it simply brags that he talked to the #greatguy Bill Clinton. He also makes some time on twitter (he’s getting more traffic due to the controversy) to promote the launch of his fragrance, “The Key,” which launches July 15th. Sure, he apologized to the President, but how about the person who has to dump out and clean out that bucket?  …that mop bucket that will ultimately return to its original purpose – cleaning the floor or a place where everyday people – including some of his fans – will eat?

I do understand that 19-year-olds do stupid things sometimes. (I have a long list myself, although none of them include peeing in a mop bucket in a restaurant.)  I even concede that the restaurant may very well have known that he was going to pee in that bucket so that he wasn’t causing a commotion or being harassed in the restaurant. But his cockiness and apparent self reverence diminishes any level of tolerance I have.

I don’t just blame Bieber himself. He has an entourage. They were there. Is no one sitting down with him to talk about the right (and wrong) way to behave in public? Is his MOTHER talking to him about it? Pattie Mallette, Bieber’s mom,  is currently tweeting and promoting her book “Nowhere But Up.” But ironically, as generations of pop stars have learned, sometimes the trajectory of the flavor of the month is an exhilarating rise, followed by a painful, shockingly sudden descent. In fact, ‘up’ isn’t the only direction available. Let’s hope someone sets Bieber on the right path before he joins the likes of countless teen idols whose names you can’t quite remember.

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