Um, WTF? First of all, what even provoked him to say this? Did anyone even ask? Secondly, why does he feel it’s OK to say it in the first place? Bieber was just recently accused of assaulting a photographer, we know he has been boxing, and he stormed off an interview when the host said he sounded similar to Justin Timberlake. What’s with all the violent jerky behavior? What’s with all this thinking it’s cool? If a girl said anything like this about another female celeb do you honestly think she wouldn’t be bashed by the media.
Just a few weeks ago the fight between Drake and Chris Brown was big news. Five people were injured, including Chris Brown. Why hasn’t Chris Brown’s never ending violent history stopped his career from flourishing?
Celebrity feuds between women scarcely get violent but the women involved are always stigmatized. Remember Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston’s feud over Brad Pitt? I am almost certain they never even said a bad thing about each other, but Angelina will always be remembered as the husband-stealing sex pot, while Jennifer is the pathetic chick who got dumped.
Back in the day when Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton had it out for each other, Paris made the infamous “fire crotch” comment and both women were dismissed as catty, spoiled, brats. I am not saying public bickering between women is OK, it’s not. I’m just saying the media bashes women who do it way harder while making men who fight seem cool.
What this all comes down to is the myth that women are catty (and that’s bad) and boys will be boys (and that’s cool). Men are supposed to be violent meat heads because it is a testament of their manhood. (Whatever that means.) When guys fight each other it’s heroic and brave. When women feud they’re bitches. The reality is all these people are just behaving like petty jerks. Though we have to admit, violence is clearly way worse and more dangerous than a few negative comments.
It’s unbelievable that it’s so easy for guys to get away with it. Just look at the differences between how Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan are discussed. Both had very public breakdowns, where they made really stupid comments, were found to be doing drugs, and burned bridges along the way.
Still Charlie’s even more chaotic meltdown, that included domestic violence and assaulting his co-workers, was considered hilarious and awesome. Lindsay’s however just made her out to be a child star who should’ve known better and had it coming. The reality is they’re both people with drug abuse issues who are very sick, who need to be made accountable for their actions, and who need serious help. Neither person is better or worse, certainly not cooler or less cool.
I am really sick of male toughness being celebrated, while female “cattiness” is so heavily condemned. It’s hypocritical and just shows that no matter what a woman does she’ll always be criticized for it. In this case both behaviors are pretty crappy and worthy of serious discussion.
Really, though, can we just stop teaching boys to beat each other up?
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