Florida law already recognizes that someone like Bieber is somewhere between adolescence and adulthood. We all stand to gain from a third system geared toward young adults for whom a therapeutic rather than punitive response is likely to be more beneficial to everyone.
What has shocked and dismayed me is the widespread Schadenfreude, the intense pleasure in Bieber's misfortunes, at his unfolding "comeuppance." What I'm seeing reminds me of homophobia. Now, that may seem a stretch to some, but hear me out.
Bieber has gotten himself in a bit of trouble. As a result, Beliebers have gone haywire. They've been rushing to defend their idol on social media websites like Twitter. The worst and best part is that they seem to be running out of excuses for their idol's behavior.