Justin Bieber. The Biebs.
In 2008, he was just another teen posting covers on YouTube.
Now, the Ontario-born, Internet-discovered 16-year-old is a worldwide sensation with sold-out tours, bestselling albums and more than seven million Twitter followers.
He’s also the subject of endless harassment online (and at Knicks games), derided for everything from his baby face to his music.
With Friday’s release of “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” his 3-D concert film, the scorn is sure to kick into high gear, along with frenzied discussions of what his meteoric rise means for the culture at large.
Since the Biebs is neck-deep in cash, he hardly needs us to defend him. So instead, we’ll present some reasons why “Never Say Never” doesn’t quite signify the end of the world as we know it:
His story’s actually kinda inspirational
Bieber represents the highest hopes of the age of YouTube and Facebook, in which user-generated content is king. Whatever one thinks of his music or the flood of bad videos clogging social media, his rise from obscurity to fame testifies to the democratizing power of the online world we live in.
The music isn’t that bad
OK, the lyrics “Baby, baby, baby, oh, like baby, baby, baby, no, like baby, baby, baby, oh, I thought you’d always be mine, mine” aren’t exactly Bob Dylan caliber, but are they really that much worse than, say, “Mmmbop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop?”
The trailer is epic
We watched the movie’s official trailer with significant skepticism, but it’s pretty nicely put together — blending early Bieber footage with the pulse-pounding drama of a Madison Square Garden show. That doesn’t say much about the finished project, which we haven’t seen, but we’ve seen many worse coming attractions.
The movie’s not made for you
Seriously, are you even considering going to see a G-rated Bieber movie, or planning to spend any time thinking about it? The audience that should be there will be.