Saturday, February 26, 2011

I Sat Through Justin Bieber's Movie

I love my daughter and there's very little that I would not do for her. When she asked me to take her to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, however, I couldn't help but feel deep pangs of anxiety. I'm not fond of this Justin Bieber kid. I don't like his music, I don't like how he looks and I don't want to catch him walking on my lawn. Still, the kiddo is a big fan, and, wanting to make her happy, I swallowed all pretensions and ponied up the money for two tickets. And you know what? As a documentary, it's really not that bad.

Even though I'm not a fan of his bubble-gum pop music, I found aspects of Never Say Never to be very interesting. Say what you will about his hair or his music, but Justin Bieber has talent. Though I'm not thrilled by how he has chosen to express that talent, I am impressed by the support team that stands behind that kid. In particular, I was impressed at how big a role social media like Youtube and Twitter played in skyrocketing Justin Bieber to fame. Also, it's nice to see that everyone involved recognizes that it took hard work and dedicated fans to get Justin Bieber to where he is today. Even though I'm far from a fan, I figure I can appreciate any popular teen act that has achieved fame via his/her own merits rather than being manufactured by Disney or Nickelodeon. And, if my daughter likes him, he can't be all bad.

All that being said, after the movie, I did feel the need to earn my man card back by playing a few rounds of Call Of Duty: Black Ops, drinking a few beers and watching The Hangover. 

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