It would appear that popstar Justin Bieber‘s bratty behavior has started to move from his private life to his professional life. Now, instead of merely annoying folks with his personal behavior (which includes gas masks, saggy pants and lots of whining — Hell, even Olivia Wilde is fed up with his bullshizz), he is starting to annoy fans (and, more importantly, their parents who pay for everything) with his very unprofessional on stage behavior. Bieber was scheduled to take the stage at the O2 Arena in London, England last night at 8:30 but didn’t show up to perform until just after 10:30 PM. A 2 hour delay may not sound like the end of the world to some of us but for an artist whose fanbase is made up of school age children on a school night, it’s a problem. If you consider that many of JB‘s London fans had to get home by subway, you can imagine how heartbroken many of those fans were when their parents forced them to leave the concert early — before Justin even took to the stage — so that they could catch the last subway trains home before they ended service for the night. Yikes! What a d-bag move. The Biebs did apologize afterward, kinda … click below to read his shitty non-apology.
Justin Bieber isn’t even out of his teens yet, so he should understand that starting a concert late on a Monday night just isn’t cool. British papers slammed the singer for taking the stage at London’s O2 arena at 10:35 p.m. — two hours past the advertised time — on a school night. Fans began booing as Bieber’s two opening acts came and went, and they waited — and waited — for the singer to appear, The Mirror reported. Angry parents began tweeting their displeasure, saying things like, “Kids are having to leave as it’s so late. Not fair,” and, “How rude. Bieber is still not on stage at the O2 when his concert was due to finish now! Mate, it’s a school night.” Another tweeted, “Who the hell does Justin Bieber think he is? Not on stage yet?! I hope everyone walks out of the O2.” And yet another wrote, “Think of the children #biebergeddon. Bieber concert at the O2 due to finish in 5 minutes, he’s not even on stage yet.” There were also concerns that the tube — the British subway system — would stop running before the end of the show, stranding fans at the arena. Finally, at 10:36 p.m., the O2 arena itself apologized for the late start, tweeting, “Justin Bieber is now on stage and apologizes for the lateness of his show” … One angry parent responded to that tweet, “Disgusting my daughter has had to leave after 1 song to ensure she gets home a total and utter disgrace. Your apology is pitiful !!!” … The female fan continued, “He didn’t even apologize. That’s what makes it worse…My mom paid for five tickets so she’s not happy.”
Bieber did apologize, kindasorta, after the debacle of a show took place … this is what he had to say to his fans:
last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10..so… / i was 40 min late to stage. there is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that / and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance / i never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. and Im not okay with things being exaggerated. once again sorry for anyone upset. / now we have a show to do today and Im gonna focus on the positive and put on a great show tonight here in London.
Yeah, that doesn’t really sound like an apology to me. He doesn’t really sound contrite anywhere in any of his tweets. First came the excuses (technical issues), then came the self-back patting (I’m proud of my great show), then came the blame (the delay was exaggerated), then came the pitiful “sorry”. I can imagine how upsetting it must’ve been for young kids to get dragged from the venue by their angry parents … my guess is that those parents will feel the brunt of the kids’ disappointment. It would be easy to lay JB‘s behavior on his immaturity and youth but c’mon, he’s a multi-millionaire popstar whose bread is buttered by his young fans’ parents’ money. If this is the way he intends on treating his fans, I don’t think he’ll enjoy a very long career in showbusiness. In reality, this one incident won’t prolly affect his overall stardom at all but it could be the beginning of Bieber‘s end … and if so, he’ll have no one to blame but himself. Seriously, kid, grow up.