So, when it's all said and done, "The @Pack" is actually the best group of role models thus far. For all the people who want to bash them, Hollywood actually needs more young class acts like these.
Social media has spawned a new breed of ugly citizen who makes outrageous noise because it gets attention -- and attention is the oxygen of the Internet.
I want Sharon Osbourne to be my best friend. This won't happen, of course, but a girl can dream. I don't know her personally, but I've had two interactions with 'The Talk' host. Once, circa 2002, when we both attended a White House Correspondents' Dinner after-party in Washington, D.C. where she was a guest, and I was on duty -- mingling with other high-profile celebrities, Red Carpet style, to get quick quotes for Us Weekly.
If he was actually their boyfriend and they were personally affected by his antics, would these girls stand up for themselves? What is it about Justin Bieber that has hypnotized 49 million girls?
It seems to me that this tendency to excuse libertine excesses by talented people inverts our moral hierarchy, since it basically says that those whom we acclaim as best are excused for acting the worst.
So how are some of Hollywood's "best" able to cope and yet other fall prey to vices which can or have destroyed their reputation, their wealth and most importantly, their health?
Those annoying Buzzfeed, Quizilla and Quizfarm et al quizzes have been clogging my Facebook news feed for months at a rate that now surpasses the petition requests, memes and revolting photos of the disgusting gourmet slop people had for dinner.
This week the White House will respond to the petition to deport Justin Bieber with its 255,000 accumulated signatures. Perhaps the Bieber derivative does something more subversive than its call to action: It dilutes the credibility of this form of activism.
While saddened by the death of a major talent such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, a loss that's heartfelt and spread widely across the world, we are once again reminded of how we really are fixated with the lives -- and deaths! -- of celebrities.
After watching the news over the past month, three thoughts struck me. They were observations about the state of our culture today. Once a culture rich with depth, democracy, morals and humility, we are now... well, superficial, self-absorbed and synthetic.
Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.
Not only are celebrities pardoned for their obnoxious behavior, their stock seems to rise. That's right, the more they screw up, the more they win.
Justin Bieber -- you need to start showing respect for women and stop treating them like sex objects if you want to retain your female fan base.
Talent in and of itself is a good thing and parents should hope that their children find their unique talents. Unfortunately, all too often, talented youth are typecast and given undo power and status.
Following the Italian appeals court's second murder conviction of former exchange student Amanda Knox, an agreement has been reached in which singer Justin Bieber will be extradited to Italy in place of Ms. Knox.
Justin Bieber's current string of arrests, mishaps and hijinks is annoying. It isn't sad or unfortunate; it's irritating. Sorry Beliebers.