Justin Bieber is speaking out about his arrest… we're just not 100 percent sure what he's trying to say.
A day after the drag racing, DUI, and drugs drama — not to mention his smug shot — the 19-year-old made his first statement about the whole mess in a post on Instagram Friday.
It included a lyric from Jay Z's "The Black Album." Borrowing from the song "What More Can I Say," the Canadian singer wrote, "What more can they say," along with a crown symbol.
The photo, though, is the head-scratcher. It's a split of two black-and-white pics: One is of Bieber, in a hoodie and sneakers, on an SUV after he was bonded out of Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center yesterday after his DUI. The other is of Michael Jackson atop an SUV after pleading not guilty to child molestation charges in 2004.
Not exactly the same thing.
We weren't the only ones confused by the comparison. Twitter had been on fire with posts like this:
Why does Justin Bieber think he is Michael Jackson— Jess (@JessMeadows21) January 24, 2014
Stop comparing Justin Bieber to Michael Jackson. Drag racing and DUIs are not the same as child molestation.— Brittany G (@Fibby1123) January 24, 2014
I love that Justin Bieber Instagram a photo comparing himself to Michael Jackson 1. Michael died of drugs 2. does he think this is a game?— Pepamint83 (@Pepamint83) January 24, 2014
Then there are the ticked off Jackson fans:
Is Justin Bieber really comparing himself to Michael Jackson? Is he stupid? Hes not even close to being in MJ's shoes.— Renée † (@Renee_Shian) January 24, 2014
Even the loyal Beliebers are a little, like, huh?!
I love justin Bieber but why is he making things worse for himself comparing himself to Jay Z and Michael Jackson 😂😒— Tionna (@_MellooYelloo_) January 24, 2014
And then there were a whole bunch of comments that we can't repost here.
In fairness to the Biebs, the comparison was initially made for him. A story on TMZ posted on Friday morning had the photos, in color, side by side. The story said the "Boyfriend" singer was "suffering from the same delusion that Michael Jackson once embraced — putting on a false air of confidence when behind the scenes their lives are falling apart." It said they had the same "Achilles' heel — drugs," and noted, "It didn't end well for Michael. It's not too late for Justin."
Jackson's SUV antics — which took place almost exactly a decade ago — were actually much more dramatic than Bieber's escapades yesterday. It took place outside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. His session had ended, during which he entered his not guilty plea, and he had an assistant touch up his makeup. Then he walked outside as another aide held an umbrella to shield him from the sun. When he reached his SUV, Jackson — who was wearing a white shirt, dark suit, and a white armband — climbed on the roof, clapped his hands, stamped his feet, and blew kisses to his frenzied fans outside.
Footage of Jackson's bizarre display — in light of the serious accusations against him — was replayed over and over through the years as his behavior grew more unusual, his health deteriorated, and he ultimately died of a drug overdose in 2009.
We're thinking that's not exactly what a 19-year-old talented global superstar should be aspiring to.
Bieber's first comment since his arrest was preceded by some from members of his inner circle. His father Jeremy, who was with him in Miami this week, took to Twitter to support his eldest child. After a post that simply said "love" and tagged the names of all three of his children, he then took aim at an unspecified "enemy," which we are guessing is the media:
I can protect my kids, but I cant protect them from you and your lies. Believe in the truth not in the lies of the enemy. #reallife— Jeremy Bieber (@JeremyBieber) January 24, 2014
And Scooter Braun, Bieber's talent manager, who discovered him on YouTube and turned him into a worldwide sensation, also showed his support:
@justinbieber love you and i will act in the manner of someone who truly cares. that is all I have to say. thanks for all those concerned— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) January 24, 2014
And that was followed by:
Been a long day. Bottom line is we are defined by how we handle adversity. Be there when it counts. Love fully in good times and bad.— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) January 24, 2014
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Bieber drove away from a nightclub — with a model named Chantel Jeffries in tow — and ended up being stopped by cops for allegedly drag racing in a Lamborghini against his singer friend Khalil. He was subsequently arrested for DUI and, according to the police report, admitted that he had been drinking, smoking pot, and had taken prescription medication. He was also charged with resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.
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