There are some celebrities who clearly aren’t utilizing their publicists well. Justin Bieber is one of those people. So many times people try to make announcements, thinking it would be best if it came from them, but they end up doing a very terrible job at it.
That’s what happened when Bieber decided to cancel his m&gs which cost $925-$2000. Not only are the prices ridiculous but you have to pay $2,000 to get an individual picture with him. What is he the pope?! Is he curing cancer? Has he solved the world hunger problem?
If you can only afford the $925 option you have to take your photo with a group of 4-6 people. I guess if you don’t have a group to go with, congratulations you get strangers in your pictures.
The worst part is, M&Gs are suppose to be so special. It’s an opportunity for an artist to meet with some of their supporters and thank them for buying their music and coming to their shows. Without the fans, an artist would have no career.
Here’s the reasons Beiber gave for cancelling his M&Gs:
“Love u guys.. I’m going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people’s spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy.. Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression .. The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can’t tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn’t so hard on me.. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I’m in to give you the best show you have ever seen ;)”
There are so many reasons this post was disrespectful and cruel.
First of all the picture he posted to explain that he would be cancelling his M&Gs due to them being “emotionally draining” was with a Make-A-Wish child.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Make-A-Wish foundation, it’s a way for kids who have medical conditions and often times don’t have much longer to live, to be able to accomplish something they’ve always wanted to but need help doing so. Most of the time that includes meeting Artists they wouldn’t be able to, whose music helps them during their times of struggle. Other times they request to attend award shows or have a family trip to Disneyland, etc. Via their website:
“Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish®vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.”
These are some of the best and final memories they might have. Imagine being that child, or a family of that child and being excited that your idol posted your photo on Instagram and then reading the caption that they would now be cancelling future M&Gs because meeting fans (that child included), made them emotionally drained and depressed. That they wake up “unhappy.” Well hey Justin, at least you don’t have a terminal illness.
He goes on to say that he wants to make others happy but not at his expense. First, let’s clarify: it’s at their expense… $2,000 of it.
Second, I highly doubt meeting fans is the real reason he is depressed and emotionally drained.
Here are some thoughts on why Bieber cancelled his M&Gs and how he can live a happy and healthier life.
1. Bieber probably doesn’t have very healthy coping skills and still uses alcohol and drugs as an escape. He can’t exactly be high and drunk while meeting fans, so that right there is bringing him down. Being sober must be hard.
2. He is probably so busy shipping Jelena (him and Selena Gomez) as he continually posts throwback photos of them (as recently as 3 days ago), that the thought of them no longer being together is depressing him and causing him to wake up unhappy. We get it, first loves are hard to get over, but continuously living in the past is not going to help.
3. He has passionate and maybe even some pretty crazy fans… But he does crazy and insane things. Just saying… Crazy attracts crazy. So maybe it’s time to cool it on all the stunts and learn how to have fun in a legal way. He needs to surround himself with a group of positive people who believe in him and love him for who he is, not because of his fame or money.
Take a look at this video from one of Bieber’s M&Gs. It’s hard to see as I imagine videos aren’t allowed, but if you peer through the elbows and people, you can see in the distance his security, literally pulling fans by their arms to take them out of the room after they are done with their M&G. That is no way to treat a human being. This isn’t People’s Most Wanted, these are people who paid thousands of dollars to meet someone and then they are treated worse than dirt.
4. Justin, please get help. Seriously. You obviously have some depression and other mental health issues that you need to deal with. No, I’m not saying he has a disease or is crazy or anything like that. Mental Health is serious and often times it is hard not to be depressed. However blaming your fans for that is very inconsiderate, considering they are the ones who allow you to have your career.
I haven’t compared Bieber to other artists who go above and beyond for their fans, because that isn’t the issue. This isn’t about who is the best or most kind artist, this is about respect for one another and for facing real issues.
I believe with a strong support system and healthy outlets, Bieber can get back to being a healthy and happy person again. I support him taking a break from M&Gs if he needs to take a step back and get healthy again, but please face the real issues. Meeting fans cannot be the only reason for such depression, unhappiness and emotional exhaustion. Figure out what those things are, take some time off if needed to regroup and then come back when you are emotionally ready.
Fans need to connect to their artists. They connect when you are open and honest, but telling them they are the actual problem? That they are the reason for unhappiness? Even if that is 100% true, that is disrespectful and hurtful to millions of people.
He really should have had a publicist release a statement or at least collaborate on one together. One that didn’t hurt so many people and make them also feel depressed and unhappy. There was a better way to go about making this announcement. It’s sad so many had to be hurt in the process.