You’re going to read this article merely to spit upon it. That’s all right. But hear me out. Because this might just make sense.
And I could sing along to all the songs. I still can. If you play a BSB song out loud in any office with twenty somethings, I can guarantee that after the initial protests and bad-mouthing, more than half the people will be singing along under their breath when they think nobody’s watching.
The Backstreet Boys were addictive. They were an essential part of growing up. I was a dumb kid. I didn’t know what was cool. The songs were catchy and I could remember the lyrics and sing along and everyone I knew liked them. (Wait, I’m getting to the point. Sheesh.)
The point is (See, that wasn’t so bad now, was it?) the Backstreet Boys were heralded as great musicians in their time. And even the smartest, coolest people I knew subscribed to their awesomeness.
(Here’s a little something to blow the Boy Bands out off your ass. Literally).
Now, I suspect the same thing is happening with Justin Beiber.
While we, the cool grown-up people sneer at the Beliebers, (This is what Justin Beiber fans call themselves. No, it’s still not legal to assault them with blunt objects.) we ourselves were at one time victims of a similar craze. And mass media’s much huger these days, so these poor kids are sucked into this miasma of shame unwittingly.
You can be sure that, 10 years from now, they’ll burning (Or Shift+ deleting off Facebook, which is more likely.) the pictures of themselves with Bieber hair, assuming deep voices, growing beards and bulging muscles behind their ears, riding big bikes, eating the heads of live bats, and swearing that they never followed that disgusting fad.
Who knows, Justin Bieber may just reinvent himself like Justin Timberlake and survive. (I hope he doesn’t, because I want to be able to hate him for a long time)
So have a heart. Don’t write off those disgusting little children from the ‘90s just yet.
And while we’re waiting for them to change, let’s hope someone, someday, will get Bieber to do this.
Francis Thomas now lives in constant fear of Beliebers thronging to his house. But you can read more of his awesomeness Here.