He's always been plenty talented. He at least plays instruments and shit, sometimes really well. But when a kid becomes a huge pop star, their relationship with the adult world is going to be a tense one. That's probably why so many child stars self-destruct, which is something Bieber seemed well on his way to doing at one point. Maybe he still is -- how am I supposed to know? The media just tells us what they want to tell us, man. All I know is that I heard this song like 15 times and thought it was alright ...
All during the same four-hour car ride. Thanks, FM radio!
... before I ever realized it was a Justin Bieber song. That's a good sign; at least, for him, and mostly just as it relates to my instinctive distaste for the sound of kids trying to be talented. Still, with that out of the way, it's just pop music. There are only a few people making that these days, no matter who's singing. Be it The Weeknd or Justin Bieber, someone is eventually ...
... singing an Ed Sheeran song.
Or take that first video I embedded. Skrillex produced that song. You like Skrillex, don't you, you hipster piece of shit?
Look, my point isn't really to try to sell you on the idea of being a full-fledged Bieber fan. Again, don't give a fuck. I'm just saying that hearing the name "Justin Bieber" as it relates to music doesn't necessarily warrant the extra layer of disdain that it did in the past, by sheer virtue of his age. It's like how Justin Timberlake used to make terrible music with N'Sync and now he's the James Bond of Saturday Night Live and does cool things like this at the Country Music Awards: