You know. I don’t know why but I kinda had high hopes when I saw that Justin Bieber‘s mom Pattie Mallette was speaking out about his recent ummm… how do you say? Douchebaggery. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if just one Mom somewhere came out and said ‘Yes, my son is kind of a douchebag. I love him. He was actually quite adorable and perfect when he came out of my body, and somewhere, something went kinda off. I have to take responsibility for my role in his douchebaggery and I have to get better at teaching him to take responsibility for his own douchebaggery, so that he might grow up and rid this world of one less douchebag. Again, I love my son, and I am also disappointed in his behavior because why wouldn’t I be disappointed in a human being who publicly urinates into restaurant mop buckets and insults former Presidents only to call those Presidents later and offer weak apologies?‘ So yeah, in my dream world, that’s what Pattie said. Click inside to see how things go down in the real world, where parents are never, ever allowed to admit that they may or may not have raised an asshole.
People has the story:
What does mom have to say?
Following a list of controversial antics during the last few months by her son, Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette acknowledges the 19-year-old doesn’t always do the right thing.
“I’m not naive to think that my child is perfect and making all the best decisions of his life,” the Nowhere But Up author, 38, recently said on Watch What Happens Live.
Bieber’s recent controversial acts have included: writing that he hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber; collapsing on stage during a concert in London; appearing on stage at a show two hours after his scheduled performance time; and most recently, he was seen on video urinating into a mop bucket and yelling an expletive at a photo of former president Bill Clinton.
“He knows what I disagree with and he knows all the things that I’m really proud of him for, too,” Mallete says. “I mean, people don’t talk about all the great things he does every day. Every night before a show, he meets with Make-a-Wish kids. He goes to sick kids’ hospitals. He visits with them [and] takes his time. He gives back to charities.”
But Mallette fails to address anything specific about her son, vaguely telling ET Canada, “I just deal with whatever comes up, I think as you would if your kid was off to college and making decisions. You just … I just talk to him, I call him … and he knows what I think.”
Mallette – who shot down Bieber questions by telling the reporter, “No one wants their mom on television talking about their business” – did say that when it comes to his relationship with off-and-on gal pal, Selena Gomez, she’s “just [going to] support him in whatever he decides, and I think that he’s made good decisions so far on that whole scene.”
Actually, as you can see, at the beginning of the interview she kinda started off on the right path. This sentence totally gave me hope:
I’m not naive to think that my child is perfect and making all the best decisions of his life.
But then the charity work stuff came up and it was all downhill from there, lol. Donating your money and time to charity just means (usually) that you have a little extra money and time to donate to charity, which is awesome. Thank you Justin Bieber, and thank you rich people everywhere for doing the kinda obvious thing and donating a little extra time and money to children with diseases.
And. At the same time. If you also spend some of that extra time urinating into restaurant mop buckets… well? It kinda problematizes the whole charity work thing. Patti is basically saying, ‘Look I know my grown ass kid just peed in that bucket, but you should see the charity work he does.‘ LMAO! Parents of the world, we need to hear ourselves sometimes. Jezebel recently published a piece titled ‘Be Honest: Is Your Kid An Asshole?‘ and I loved the idea behind that. The sooner you recognize the asshole-like tendencies developing in your child, the sooner you won’t be Pattie Mallette.
Now all that being said, I feel for the woman. My children are not in the public eye and when we do go out in public I always feel an extra sense of anxiety about the things they do. We all know there are people who throw you that side-eye when they see your kid running in the grocery store. Even as I write this I’m all like, You bitches better not judge me just because my kids run in the grocery store, lol! It’s a tricky thing to be responsible for the behavior of another human being, but it’s what we signed up for. Pattie would probably be better off accepting her role in all of this, if only that Justin will learn to be the kind of person who accepts his role in all of this. I am, however, really really glad that she didn’t use his age as an excuse. So, props to her on that one.
How does Pattie‘s interview strike you? Do you think more needed to be said, or is she doing the best she can do over here?