If you search the words “Justin Bieber” in the search box of the Weinblog, you would see that I have said Justin Bieber’s name in 15 different blogs. And that doesn’t include two other typos where I accidentally misspelled his name “Beiber,” or yesterday, when I used a photo of him without typing his name.
Today Justin Bieber turned 18 years old. In America, 18 is a pretty insignificant age. You can already drive, you can already get into rated R-movies without an adult, and you could have consensual sex with an adult without it qualifying as statutory rape (trust me, I’ve diligently looked into that last one.) The one milestone of becoming 18 is that you can now buy cigarettes. But, smoking is a disgusting habit, so that’s not something that anybody should look forward to.
However, here’s a fun fact. In Nassau and Suffolk County in Long Island, New York, you apparently have to be 19 to buy cigarettes now.
But anyway, the point is, becoming 18 is pretty insignificant. Except that Justin Bieber is Canadian. Which means he can now legally purchase alcohol in his homeland.
As you all know, in the states, 21 is the legal drinking age. Everyone drinks at 18 anyway, but you have to wait until you turn 21 to be able to lose your fake ID and finally walk into a bar with your head held high.
But Bieber can do it now. You just know that there is going to be a raucous celebration in Bieberville tonight. He will undoubtedly be sipping Smirnoff Lights and Michelob Ultras while doing jello shots off of Selena Gomez’s stomach. Wait, should I even be talking about this?
There is no doubt that Justin Bieber is a cultural icon. His target audience may be 13 to 18-year-old girls, but man, do they love the shit out of him.
But here is what I am wondering. I know for a fact that girls older than 20 think that Justin Bieber is a complete joke. They hate him. I’ve yet to meet a 21+ year-old-girl that enjoys listening to Justin Bieber.
So I am wondering that when the 15 and 16-year-old girls age, and become 21,22 and 23, will they still love Bieber? Bieber has been around for a few years now, so that is the case for some of these girls. My guess is that it all depends on how Bieber evolves as an artist. If he continues to sing teeny bop songs like he does now, then they probably won’t. But if he actually can adapt to the times, and write culturally relevant songs as he ages, then maybe he will keep them. My guess is the former.
But let’s not go crazy. Right now, Justin Bieber is riding off his popularity with the girls, his looks, and his name. His hit single is a song where he says the word “Baby” over and over again. If he actually wants to become a famous musician, and continue to make a difference, the kid is going to have to learn how to actually write quality songs that transcend across genres.
You can’t be a teen bop singer forever, buddy. You have to adapt. Bands like the New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and N*Sync were on top of the world for a few years, and where the heck are they now? Of those groups, only one member, Justin Timberlake, was able to figure it out. You’re going to have to figure it out too, Bieber.
So enjoy the fame, and enjoy the popularity. It will probably last for about two or three more years — which is more than any of us will ever have — but then that’s it. It’s up to you.
Also, enjoy your birthday. It only comes around once a year.
Ain’t it crazy how fast time goes by? It felt like it was just last Thursday, and I was eagerly anticipating the weekend. Then it was Monday, and I was hating life. Now it is Thursday again, and I am eagerly anticipating the weekend. So is the cycle of life.
I hope everybody goes out this weekend and celebrates Justin Bieber’s birthday weekend. It might as well be a national holiday. Also, happy birthday D-Sat.