When Justin Bieber Gazes Into the Abyss, the Abyss Also Gazes Into Him

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Wake up, man.Photo: John Leyba

It was teenage prophet Kylie Jenner who not so long ago said that 2016 was “the year of just realizing stuff,” and that everyone around her was just “realizing things.” In Justin Bieber she may have found the most willing and ready disciple.

In an Instagram post on Monday, one that followed up his performance and award acceptance for Top Male Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, Bieber pointed to the fact that awards shows tend to lack authenticity. Spake the new thinking-face-emoji prince of sadness:

I don’t know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don’t want to knock them I’m just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I’m living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I’m getting awarded for the things that I’m doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone’s spirit lol. But When I do get these awards the temptation of putting my worth in what I do is so hard to fight!!!I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers in but in these settings I can’t feel the recognition. There’s an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else.. Sorry not sorry about grammar it’s not my strong point

Fake smiles, indeed. Indeed.

This latest commitment to opening his damn eyes came after Bieber decided to cancel his fan meet-and-greets, and stop taking pictures with fans when out in the world in order to preserve his precious sanity. Are we about to usher in a new era of male feminist Justin Bieber? Or will he follow the less-opted path of advocate for the release of information on poisonous “chemtrails” and flat-Earth theories? It remains to be seen.