PREACH IT! Justin Bieber, as grounded as he's always been
After some kid named Kevin Kristopik apparently hacked into the Twitter account of Bieber’s friend, Bieber retaliated, in a major way: He publicized Kristopik’s phone number. On his own Twitter account. Which -- because it’s Justin Bieber’s Twitter account -- means that Kristopik’s number went out to more than 4.5 million delirious Bieber fans.
Bieber represented Kristopik’s number as his own. The result? An estimated 26,000 texts from people hoping to connect with Bieber, he of the swooshy hair and the feverishly coached swagger -- not, you know, a 15-year-old Michigan teen named Kevin.
Bieber's revenge tweet has since been deleted. Kristopik, meanwhile, has changed his number and shut down his Twitter account.
Whole bunches of people -- probably the same yokels who think flight attendant Steven Slater is a shining champion of the oppressed -- will see Bieber’s actions as justified, an understandable attempt to defend himself and his friends from privacy violations.
When you’re a celebrity, there’s a reason you retain neck-snapping publicists and squadrons of lawyers who file their teeth into sharp points. And that reason is Kevin Kristopik. Bieber’s people could ...
Kristopik, if he really did hack into an account, should be held accountable for that. But it’s Bieber who needs to be schooled in how to be a better celebrity.
Maybe Bieber’s swagger coach could offer him a few pointers.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photos: Justin Bieber performs in Orlando, Fla., top, on Aug. 3, 2010, and in Atlanta at the New Look Foundation's inaugural World Leadership Awards on Aug. 6, 2010. Credit: Joshua C. Cruey / Orlando Sentinel, top; Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Usher's New Look Foundation, left
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