Justin Bieber reportedly calls fan 'beached whale'

Justin Bieber (Reuters files)

Justin Bieber (Reuters files)

LIZ BRAUN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:24 PM ET

It's time for Justin Bieber to get off the road and come home.

Although he is the economic engine for god-only-knows how many handlers, managers, satellites and vampires in the music industry, those exploiting this kid for fun and profit are on the verge of killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

Young Mr. Bieber is burned out.

There have been a slew of unpleasant stories about the Beebs coming from all corners of the globe, but if new reports from Australia are correct -- that he insulted a fan there -- then he has crossed a special line. You might think insulting the flag of Argentina or committing vandalism via graffiti at a Gold Coast hotel or some other of his recent stupid pranks seems worse, but dissing the fans is far more serious. It's simple: Justin Bieber doesn't exist without his fan base. Alienating the followers is an act of self-destruction.

The Daily Mail reports that Beiber called a fan in Perth a "beached whale" having first asked her if she were, "Hawaiian or something," as if that might explain anything. He then suggested the stunned fan try to be a contestant on TV's weight-loss program, The Biggest Loser. This exchange took place by the hotel pool where the pop singer and his entourage were staying in the Australian city.

Bystanders have reported that the young woman in question left the pool area looking glum. At least one person who witnessed the incident made a formal complaint about the verbal abuse to the hotel.

You don't need to be a shrink to observe that recent Bieber behaviour suggests trouble in paradise. The singer and his entourage were stopped coming into Brisbane airport when customs agents found a vaporizer containing marijuana residue in one handler's luggage; during that incident, Bieber is alleged to have been detained for insulting a border officer with vile language. He's been accused of hanging with hookers in Brazil, his body guards have been arrested for roughing up various people and his current tour has generally been a train wreck of bad behaviour. The rule of thumb on the road is that the culture of any music tour is generally created by the involved artist, so extrapolate at will.

Bieber has tried to justify all this in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, in which he offers the old 'nobody's perfect' explanation. MTV.com reports that Bieber believes his upcoming movie, Believe, will show behind the scenes and help explain what's really going on in his life.

"I think that's why a lot of stuff has been confused. I've been on tour so no one really knows what I'm doing out here. People don't get to see me living as a 19-year-old boy. I'm still finding myself and when I have the media attacking me every day, it's no (different) than bullying that happens in school."

A 19 year old boy? This is a man who has earned his own living -- and everybody's else's -- since he was an adolescent. In Ontario, where Bieber was born, 19 makes him more than old enough to vote, join the army, drive a car and order a drink.

He also said, "I make mistakes growing up. I'm not perfect; I'm not a robot. People forget I'm a human being...I have to make mistakes and grow stronger."

You're not growing stronger, Mr. Bieber, you're regressing. Time to quite the circus and get some help.

liz.braun@sunmedia.ca


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