Drake Bell Speaks Out About Justin Bieber Feud
Former Drake & Josh teen star Drake Bell has established himself as a credible musician, most recently with his Brian Setzer-produced album Ready, Steady, Go!, which features several of his co-penned originals along with covers of classics by the Kinks, the Move, Queen, Billy Joel, and the Stray Cats.
But these days, Drake frequently makes the news for his outspoken criticism of a current teen star, Justin Bieber — often ending up on the receiving end of a barrage of Twitter hate from irate Beliebers. But Drake makes no apologies for speaking out about the behavior of Justin and his most outrageous fans.
"I was scrolling through my Twitter feed one day, and somebody had tweeted me a picture of Justin Bieber that had been Photoshopped with makeup or something," Drake tells Yahoo Music, explaining how the feud began. "And I thought it was funny and so I hit retweet — I just retweeted a tweet — and all of a sudden, the remarks were coming in. My fans are all pretty cool, you know; I've never really seen anybody fighting on Twitter, no death threats, no harsh language, no gay slurs, nothing like that. But when I hit retweet on this tweet, the floodgates were open: death threats, slurs.
"And I'm assuming they're all his fans, so they've gotta be, what? Twelve years old? Ten years old? So it's like, 'My God, where are your parents?' So I started kind of just retweeting some of the ones that were really harsh and saying, 'Hey guys, this is not how we should talk.'"
From that moment on, Drake has had to deal Justin's angriest fans… which made Drake question how Justin interacts with his impressionable young following. Speaking about a "Cut for Bieber" Twitter trend (which was later revealed to be a hoax), in which fans were tweeting photos of what appeared to be girls carving Justin's name into their arms to protest his drug use, Drake has issues with the fact that Justin never spoke up. "I'm like, man… silence. Silence. Wouldn't you [if you were Justin] come out and be like, 'Hey guys, I made a mistake, but this is not how to handle it'? Make a self-harm campaign? Do something? But he's very irresponsible, in my opinion, as far as his fans go."