Anyone Else Sick And Tired Of People Defending Justin Bieber Because He’s ‘Only’ 19?

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Justin Bieber shirtless shrugging in concert

The more outrageous Justin Bieber's behavior has become in the past year, the more his loyal beliebers jump to his defense. Time and time again, I see comments telling everyone to calm down and quit complaining about him. After all, he's just a stupid 19-year-old figuring his life out. “Besides, what were you doing at 19?” they follow their initial defense up with, as if to make us feel silly for judging Justin Bieber more harshly than we judged ourselves. As if money and fame don't make any difference when it comes to teenage mistakes.

And on one level it doesn't. At the end of the day a stupid teenager is a stupid teenager is a stupid teenager. So when everyone jumped down Miley Cyrus' throat for smoking “salvia” back in 2010, I too went with the age defense. Because I too knew 18-year-olds who smoked “salvia.” In fact, like many of you, I knew people much younger than 18 that dabbled in smoking “salvia” recreationally. That's a universal thing that many teenagers do — regardless of the size of their bank accounts.

But here's what many teenagers do not do:

Egg their neighbor's house to the point of police intervention

Get arrested for a DUI and drag racing. In the same night

Spend $75,000 at a strip club

Sleep with prostitutes

Pee in a restaurant mop bucket and show pride in that decision

Get carried up the Great Wall of China

Yes, I know. Being a millionaire a million times over as a teenager increases the opportunities available to make stupid decisions. But at some point we can't keep blaming Justin Bieber's bad behavior on teenager. Because while being rich and famous opened the door to a lot of bad things, it also opened the door to a lot of good things too. Somewhere between touring the world, putting out number one hit singles and releasing two movies, he stopped being just another 19-year-old. With the money and the fame should come some sense of responsibility. Some desire to be better than the average 19-year-old. Instead, he's somehow worse.

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