Justin Bieber

Comedy Central to Roast Justin Bieber

Comedy Central has picked its next Roastee/victim for its Comedy Central Roasts: Justin Bieber.

While the Comedy Central Roasts have… Read More

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The End of the Charlie Hebdo Manhunt and Joe Sacco’s Cartoon Commentary on Satire: Links You Need to See

Since Wednesday, the Internet has been overrun with coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the subsequent manhunt that ensued. Now that the manhunt has ended with the death of three suspects and an uncertain amount of hostages, it would seem that even more coverage is unnecessary. Maybe it is, but the discussion around satire and free speech — and satire’s place within free speech — is an important and ongoing one. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: The Life Cycle of a Teen Idol

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, classic status, or just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio’s 40th birthday, we’re looking at some of the greatest articles profiling and analyzing teen idols. … Read More

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Justin Bieber Strips at ‘Fashion Rocks,’ to Mixed Reviews

Ever since Justin Bieber grew a pube however many years ago, it seems he’s experienced a weird form of bodily disorientation,… Read More

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The New Sad Boys of Pop

“It’s alright to cry, even my dad does it sometimes,” Ed Sheeran urges towards the end of X, an album that’s so shrouded in Nice Guy Syndrome that Sheeran deserves his own tackily named subgenre. In the larger context of mainstream music trends, the acoustic strummer falls under the heading of Sad-Boy Pop. He may be alone emotionally, but Sheeran and a few similar chart-topping artists — like Sam Smith and Bleachers — are together in redefining what it means to be a solo male star in pop circa 2014. Sonically, they couldn’t be more different, but they’re united by their embrace of the melancholy amidst a genre marked by its blissful frivolity. Even Robin Thicke is sad these days, going from “I know you want it” to “I’ll wait for forever for you to love me again.” … Read More

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Watching Teenage Car Crashes in Slow Motion: Are Justin Bieber and Shia LaBeouf Doomed?

In Teddy Wayne’s 2013 book The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, the protagonist is an 11-year-old pop star with a great range, a love of Michael Jackson, a manager named Jane, and an entourage. He’s the head of a multimillion-dollar corporation that involves singing songs about true love to tween girls every night — and he’s also the loneliest boy in the world, playing video games and searching for anyone who could be his absent father. It is a quick, sharp, sad-as-hell read, the story of a boy stuck in a glimmering prison; it is also a book that completely presages Justin Bieber’s recent publicity troubles as his star is on the wane. As a reader, you spend the book feeling bad for poor, lonely Jonny, ready and waiting for the moment that he snaps and breaks out of his life. … Read More

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