There’s two kinds of people in the world — those who like Justin Bieber and those who don’t. That’s pretty simple and pretty straight forward. Dig a little deeper, though, and that’s where things get kind of wonky.
According to a new study by Ticketbis, an online, secondary ticketing company, of those people who would call themselves Bieber fans, 21% of them wouldn’t admit it publicly. And hey, I get it. I myself have begrudgingly come to terms with becoming somewhat of a Bieber fan, something I wrestled with in the days that followed me first hearing “What Do You Mean?” Now, if I was asked, I don’t think I would go so far as to say that yeah, I’m a Justin Bieber fan. I’d be more inclined to say that I kind of like Justin Bieber’s music.
But the fact that I can at least admit that in a public setting such as this at least sets me apart from those vampire Bieber fans — those fans afraid to venture into the sunlight with their opinions. Come on, people. Don’t be ashamed. To quote President Dave Grohl, “I don’t believe in guilty pleasures,” and you know what, secret Bieber fan? Neither should you.
The study also shows that The Biebs has gained 10% more fans in two years over in the United Kingdom, with the always coveted 18-30 demographic seeing the largest jump in registered Bieliebers.
So, where do you stand? Imagine a situation, a public situation, and “Sorry” comes on. You obviously start bobbing your head because it’s impossible not to with that song. The person next to you notices this; they, too, have started bobbing their head and even singing along ever so slightly. You lock eyes and smiles are exchanged. You are on the verge of creating an everlasting connection with this stranger. Then they ask — “Are you a Justin Bieber fan, too?”
Well, are you?