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PREACH IT! Another post, another chance for Justin Bieber fans to get all worked up

May 27, 2010 |  4:04 pm
Justin Bieber

You may have noticed that we here at Preach It! haven’t exactly jumped on the Justin Bieber bandwagon. Instead, we have, once or twice, jumped all over Justin Bieber. The posts usually stem from Bieber’s attitude, which falls somewhere between that of Diddy and Henry the Eighth. Our criticisms are inevitably blasted by hard-core Beliebers, who insist that Justin is as grounded and sweet as his overheated PR machine says he is.

But every time we think we should reconsider our stance, the same thing happens: We’re bashed over the head with some new article or interview about how humble Bieber is -- and then almost immediately field about some fresh account illustrating just how obnoxious the “grounded” teen really is. Preach It! does not hate on 16-year-olds. We cannot, however, stand their ham-handed propaganda attaches.

Newest case in point: Bieber recently went on Oprah. He took great care to outline how his mom punishes him when he acts up.

"My mom takes things that I really like, like my computer, my phone," he told Winfrey. "She takes my phone away for a couple of days and I'm like, 'Oh, I need that!' "

Adorable, right? Or not.

Bieber Now comes word of Bieber’s recent visit to Australia, where the teen allegedly cussed out a staffer for the TV show "Sunrise." According to host David Koch, who recounted the incident during a radio interview this week, Bieber verbally abused a floor manager. The manager was trying to show Bieber where to perform. Bieber responded with a cuss word and a demand that the manager “never touch” him again.

The shocked floor manager was then reportedly told by Bieber’s regular sound technician that “he tells us that all the time”.

How has Bieber responded? By playing a card he uses with increasing frequency: the I’m-a-helpless-widdle-kid angle.

"Hearing adults spread lies and rumors,” he Tweeted, “is part of the job I guess."

Yes. And so is having a squad of handlers to arrange yet another image-overhauling interview -- every time their entitled client throws a tantrum.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photos: Justin Bieber. Top credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press; Bottom credit: Samir Hussein / Getty Images.

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