In the event that you’ve turned on the television in the last twelve hours, you probably have already heard about the increasingly huge Justin Bieber pot photo controversy. As is expected when any celebrity is suspected of drug use, there’s a considerable amount of coverage on the topic; however, because of Bieber’s very enormous and very young fan base that undoubtedly looks up to his decisions, the media is in an absolute frenzy on the topic.
The teen idol, 18, was photographed on January 2 holding a “suspicious” cigarette that looks quite a bit like a “smoldering blunt” while in a Newport Beach hotel room for a party. After the photos were posted on TMZ yesterday, questions began rising regarding the timing. On New Year’s Day, a paparazzo was killed while in pursuit of Bieber’s Ferrari — apparently because he strongly suspected the singer to be in possession of marijuana at the time.
According to sources at the party, 19-year-old Dallas rapper Lil Twist was among those in attendance. In fact, he and his brother were allegedly the ones giving marijuana to the guests. And a kicker to the whole situation? Lil Twist was also apparently the one driving the car when the paparazzo tailing the Ferrari was killed.
So far, there hasn’t been any outright admittance from anyone’s camp, but the pictures do paint quite the picture. One of the photos in question, in which Bieber looks astoundingly like Ricky Martin in the 80s:
In a potential response to all the controversy, Bieber tweeted, “Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up. Back on tour tomorrow. ready to see u all smile. time to do what im supposed to be doing. performing. #BELIEVEtour.” Well, glad he can advertise his concerts while semi-admitting to doing drugs, but it kind of makes me wonder where his publicist is.
So, perhaps Bieber is “trying to be better,” but he would garner a lot more respect from many people — myself included — if he was honest and straightforward about his involvement in the party and potential drug use. Plus, it clears up (at least some) further speculation on the issue while showing respect for his fans — particularly the young ones who see him as a role model.
Photos: Hugh Dillon/WENN.com and TMZ