“Basically, from my heart, I really just want to say, it should really be about the music,” he complained at that event. “It should be about the craft that I’m making, and … this is not a gimmick. This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. All this other bull should not be spoken of.”
I can’t tell you what “bull” he was referring to, unless it’s his own. But I can tell you this: His cry for being taken more seriously has an echo over the years, through acts like Frankie Avalon, the Monkees, Vanilla Ice, Menudo, New Kids on the Block and the Jonas Brothers.
And in the end, none of it mattered. Gravity took over.
Because what most of those performers didn’t understand — and I don’t think Bieber does, either — is that the hysteria isn’t really about them.
It’s about being a teenager.
Mitch Albom is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press.