Justin Bieber may be hugely popular with crowds of adoring fans but someone should tell him that tardiness is not acceptable to a paying audience, especially a very young audience. The Twitter fury that followed would have been hard for Justin to ignore.
Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber turned 19 last week but it seems he still needs to grow up. Bieber finally arrived on stage at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, at 10.30pm, almost two hours late. Many of the young audience had already left. Bieber also felt the wrath of parents, as fans who stayed for the show were not ready to be collected.
By the time Bieber arrived on stage parents had arrived outside the venue to pick up their children. They expected the show to have ended but it had only just begun.
On BBC TV Tuesday one mother vented her spleen. She was angry that he arrived so late and spoiled her 9-year-old daughter's birthday treat. Is it only me who thinks that her daughter is too young to be attending such a concert anyway, especially on a school night?
The audience, and their parents, are angry as the support act ran a little longer and then there was nothing for 11/2 hours. No announcement, no entertainment, just nothing, until Bieber appeared at 10.30pm. MSN music reports Tracey said "There was no apology to say why or I'm really sorry or to say something's happened. It's disgusting. ...It got to about 9.30 and they were starting to boo, you'd think someone would have come on then."
Someone should tell Mr Bieber that without his fans and their support he too is nothing. Maybe he thinks that his UK fans do not matter? Perhaps he has enough fans elsewhere? A performer can never have enough fans though. Without them it is curtains to a career.
Perhaps Bieber will go the way of many others who found fame at a young age. People such as Michael Jackson are a warning to parents who push their children for celebrity fame. Too much, too soon, more often than not spells disaster.
Monday's late appearance was not a first for Bieber so it would seem he needs to get his act in order, literally. A gig on Saturday in Nottingham also got off to a late start.
The location of the O2 Arena added to the frustration of parents. The arena is out on a limb, located at Greenwich. Bieber's late appearance meant that travel links were missed. Tracey Wilson, from Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire,and her teenage daughter were stranded when they missed their train home. Tracey called her husband out to pick them up.
If Bieber's lateness was an isolated incident, or there had been a decent apology fans would have forgiven him. Die-hard fans still will. However it could be the writing on the wall for Justin. If he is now too big for his boots and feels that fans are not worth the hassle his career could easily nosedive.
Sometimes celebrities engineer such events for publicity. They do not always get it right. Whatever the reason Bieber needs to grow up and pay his fans the respect they deserve. Without them, as we said, he is nothing.
The venue apologised for the late start but Bieber's team kept silent.
As for the parents keen to let their young children attend a pop concert on a school night, perhaps they need to grow up too.
Bieber apologised via Twitter. Better late than never we guess. According to USA today he said,
"since i have been here it hasnt been easy with the press at times but I have loved it. so let me say this... last night i was scheduled after 3 opening acts to go on stage at 935 not 830 but because of some technical issues i got on at 10:10..so. "i was 40 min late to stage. there is no excuse for that and I apologize for anyone we upset. However it was great show and Im proud of that. and tonight we will run on time and look forward to putting on an amazing show for everyone in attendance. my relationship with the media is not always easy but im trying. Im all about the music and the performance and i respect my fans. ... i never have any intent to upset or let anyone down. and Im not okay with things being exaggerated. once again sorry for anyone upset. NIGHT 2 at the 02 is gonna be even better. get ready. thanks"
No doubt fans will turn out in force for tonight and perhaps Justin has benefited from a little extra publicity. Who is telling the truth as far as the scheduled program is any person's guess.
Thursday there were reports that Justin was unwell. Hold on to your sympathy though. Friday he had a spat with a photographer. Watch the video below and decide if he was out of order. Justin's week went from bad to worse and ended on a low.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com