Justin Bieber’s crew is staging a mutiny over the prospect of the heartthrob’s tour going to Japan. The tour is currently in Australia, where some crew members told manager Scooter Braun that they wouldn’t go to Osaka and Tokyo on May 17 for fear of radiation from the recent nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Braun told the crew, “Man the fuck up and do the right thing by these kids.” Sounds like a melodramatic TV movie.
During this same meeting, the traitorous crew pointed out that Avril Lavigne and Slash, of all people, had canceled their Japan tours. Braun fired back that Maroon 5 hadn’t canceled theirs. The two sides are still at loggerheads, and the status of Bieber’s Japan tour is up in the air. A bunch of cowards, all of them! Japan has had a terrible spring and Japanese tweens deserve to see the Bieber.
In fact, Justin is having kind of a bad time of it general. Last week in Sydney, a teenage boy threw eggs at him and his dancers (missing them, thankfully—or not thankfully, depending on your perspective). The teen was apprehended at his parents’ house.
So the Bieber team is kind of a mess right now! I’ve always felt kind of sorry for Justin Bieber, ever since that New York magazine profile of him last summer. He’s leading a very strange existence. It probably doesn’t help when people throw eggs at you and your whole crew refuses to cooperate.
By Rosie Gray
May 05, 2011