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Opinion: Justin Bieber arrested, pop star’s relevance hinges on Beliebers

January 23, 2014

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Justin Bieber's mugshot. The singer was arrested early morning Jan. 23 for resisting arrest without violence, driving under the influence and driving with an expired license.

Justin Bieber’s mugshot. The singer was arrested early morning Jan. 23 for resisting arrest without violence, driving under the influence and driving with an expired license.

Finally, after numerous mishaps and embarrassing episodes, Justin Bieber has found himself as the subject of the world’s happiest mugshot.

Stopped in Miami for drunk drag racing — yes, he was allegedly both drunk and drag racing simultaneously — Bieber has hit a proverbial “rock-bottom” in his very young career. He was charged Thursday morning with resisting arrest, driving under the influence and driving with an expired license.

Unfortunately, if you’ve followed Bieber at all, this has been coming for quite some time. Bieber has been the subject of plenty of misguided practices, including public urination, smoking pot and throwing rage-filled temper-tantrums, and his less-than-stellar decisions have ultimately caught up to him.

The question this arrest poses is not whether Bieber has lost his way — at this point that is clear. Rather, the question is whether or not Bieber can overcome his most recent and most serious episode.

With a nation of “Beliebers” behind him for reasons I cannot understand, the 19-year-old can make his way back to relevance. Regardless of whether you like Bieber — and trust me, I’m no fan — you cannot argue that his fan base is massive and loyal enough to sustain his prominence.

But will he ride his fans to a re-emergence musically, or will he continue his questionable ways? That’s the real question here.

At this point, Bieber’s catastrophic demise is in dire need of a clean up, but who will offer him guidance that hasn’t already?

People have reached left and right to help the poor teenager, but it’s clear that Bieber’s narcissism has forced him to pay them no mind.

Maybe this is where Bieber turns it around, but one way or another, that’s his decision. No one else can decide where Bieber goes. Only he is capable of making that choice.

Will he take the Lindsay Lohan-like tumble to a career of jokes and irrelevance, or can he muster up enough of a conscience to become America’s comeback kid?

Whether you’re rooting for his comeback or his bitter end, the choice Bieber makes will certainly captivate a massive audience.


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  1. Arli says:

    Everyone has there ups and downs but this is wall big I love u so much bieber but please come back for all ur fans and don’t make this mistake again:(

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