by John Hawkins | April 13, 2010 7:47 am
When I passed this cover in the super market, I have to admit that I did a double take.
Justin Bieber is the new King of Pop? If that’s so, then pop needs a new system of government. I mean, who’d have ever thought pop’s next king would be even more testosterone free than Michael Jackson?
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not a too-cool-for-the-room music snob. My favorite band is Nickelback for God’s sake. My all-time favorite song? It’s My Sacrifice by Creed — and even I am appalled by Justin Bieber.
Just look at Bieber’s cover work for his hit song, Baby.
Is the song, Baby, or is that a description of the little kid singing it?
I thought about it, and you know what really annoys me about this squeaky voiced, effeminate little kid singing mediocre bubble gum pop and being declared some kind of musical genius because of it?
To me, it almost feels like an indictment of the sort of society we’re creating. Only in a world where kids don’t have their papers marked with red ink because it might hurt their self-esteem, get trophies for participating, and aren’t allowed to keep score in their local little league games could this one child boyband, this human Ewok, be considered not just a real rock star, but the “King of Pop.”
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