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Leave it to Bieber? Please don’t

Posted: February 6, 2014 4:33 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

In our youthful years we all had heroes of one kind or another. I sure did. Some are athletes. In my day that included Bart Starr, Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett. Some are musicians. In my day they were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, KISS and earlier, yes, I’ll admit it -- The Partridge Family.

Time goes on and new generations come along and their idols are obviously not the same as the ones we had in the 1960s and ’70s. That’s the way of the world. But, not only have the names changed, but the heroes of today’s youth are far different in their behavior and attitudes than mine were. Too many of them think they are above the rules of society, meaning the law, and their actions show it. Why wouldn’t they think the way they do, when they get away with bad behavior time after time? It’s as if they get a free pass and never suffer any consequences to their actions.

A few years back it was Paris Hilton, a young woman whose only claim to fame was being famous. She was already known, but her 2003 sex tape skyrocketed her to undeserved fame that should never have been. After that, quite a few other celebrities -- oops! -- had a sex tape of their own “leak out.” Yeah, right.

In 2006, poor little Paris got busted for driving under the influence. Her license was suspended for about two months, she was placed on probation for 36 months and paid a $1,500 fine. In early 2007, she was arrested for speeding at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone and driving with a suspended license. Some fools never learn. But, although that stunt was a violation of her probation, she spent only two days in jail, then had her sentence changed to 40 days house confinement. Forty days trapped in a mansion. Poor girl.

There have been others. I won’t even go into the antics of Lindsay Lohan. They have been well documented and there is not enough space in this entire newspaper to rehash her exploits. Google her.

Let’s get up to today, where a Canadian punk named Justin Bieber is running around just acting a fool. Obviously, I am no fan of the lad, but I must admit he has a certain amount of talent. Even convincing people you have talent when you have no talent is a talent in and of itself. But, I suppose he’s a decent enough singer and has the kind of image that makes the little girls swoon. Sadly, that’s about all it takes these days to get rich and famous and start thinking you’re above it all.

Bieber appears to be in a downward spiral that is picking up speed daily. He’s been associated with drug seizures, although the stuff always somehow belonged to someone else. More recently he was arrested in Miami for drag racing through city streets in a rented Lamborghini, was accused of driving under the influence, driving on an expired license and resisting arrest. He was found to have components of marijuana and the prescription narcotic Xanax in his system when he was arrested.

Just this week, Bieber is being accused of smoking weed on a private plane ride from Canada to New York. Reports say the smoke was so thick the flight crew put on oxygen masks in fear of getting high. Bieber refused to stop smoking the illegal drug along with -- get this -- his father, after being asked to refrain by the crew. The media also has reported the two Biebers were so verbally abusive to a flight attendant, she hid in the cockpit until the flight was over. Drug dogs met the plane to sniff it out, but apparently no unsmoked marijuana was found. They had burned the evidence. No charges. Free pass.

So, parents of impressionable youngsters, I ask you -- is this who you want your kids to idolize? To each his or her own, but I hope your answer is a big no. The best way to bring down an out-of-control celebrity is to stop buying their products and stop feeding their lifestyle. Have you seen Nick Nolte in a movie lately? How about Gary Busey? Maybe a small appearance now and then, but those guys were big stars at one time.

After Bieber’s traffic incident in Miami my first thought was, “that boy doesn’t have anything wrong that a couple of good Taser zaps wouldn’t fix.” Please, somebody do it.


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