This has been a perilous year for Justin Bieber, our favorite swaggy little shit. He was snapped sipping some alleged lean; he took heat for tone-deaf comments in the Anne Frank house; he scuffled with the paparazzi; his friends keep getting his car in trouble; he peed in a mop bucket and yelled "fuck Bill Clinton," for some reason. As his image problems escalate, his career moves toward tipping point: His cute teenage years are nearly at an end, and the Believe era is winding down. What will the future hold for our boy hero?
As former Bieber Desk editor for the Boston Phoenix -- and that paper's gone now, so nobody can call me on that fact -- I'm in a unique position to speculate on the exciting year ahead.
January 1, 2014: At a celeb-packed New Year's Eve bash, Bieber's rapidly melting wax hotpants and "WEED CRIEMS" t-shirt cause media consternation. January 22, 2014: TMZ debuts video of Bieber alone in a vacant lot, prying apart an old air conditioner with a screwdriver, huffing a monster hit of freon, shouting "SWAG" in an unnaturally deep voice and passing out in a fit of chopped-and-screwed giggles.
February 8, 2014: Bieber sparks a nationwide debate on the ethics of tabloid culture when he lays a brick on the accelerator of his Ferrari and sends it careening into a crowd of paparazzi. March 4, 2014: Bieber's wild birthday celebration draws controversy as TMZ reveals blurry photos of the twenty-year-old heartthrob smoking a white substance out of what appears to be his still-attached house arrest ankle bracelet. April 2, 2014: Animal lovers are outraged when Bieber abandons Kansas Rudy, his 750lb pet tapir, at the Brussels airport. April 16, 2014: Worried speculation runs rampant after Bieber is photographed with his Zubas front-sagged low enough to reveal what is maaaaybe the topmost crook of a pube swastika peeking out.
May 1, 2014: Bieber debuts his new single, "P***y Murder Dracula." Despite widespread critical acclaim, some parents worry that its salty language may be inappropriate for a teen audience.
May 18, 2014: A concert in Iowa is cancelled after candid footage reveals Bieber calling Ann Landers "a boring old biddy."
June 1, 2014: TMZ releases paparazzi footage of Bieber sitting in his Ferrari, laboriously eating an entire kilogram of weed with a comically oversized cereal spoon. Parents register concern.
June 12, 2014: Finger-wagging pundits accuse Bieber of disrespect after he wears a knee-length t-shirt emblazoned with a huge urinal and the words "PISS BOY" to a private dinner with the Obama family.
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