If I had to label 2013 I would say it was the year (In)Authenticity. Culturally we continued to poke and prod our favorite celebrity idols. We exposed them as frauds, racists, brats, sexist pigs and sometimes even, victims of celebrity culture itself. Maybe that’s too harsh, maybe that’s too knit picky but this year we saw headline after headline of internet outrage; whether it was about The Onion’s tweet about Quvenzhane Wallis or op-ed pieces on why it was appropriate to arbitrarily hate Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift while simultaneously falling in love with Jennifer Lawrence.
Time after time the media, the public, me—we wanted to know what was really going on. Was it cultural appropriation? Was it prejudice? Was it ego? Was it genius? Was it sexist? Was it sickness or health? What was it that these celebrities, who are as charismatic as they are irresponsible, were really doing? While some rebelled against former personas and incarnations of themselves, others rebelled against the status quo and the rest revealed to the world their own prejudices, ignorance and complex relationship with fame. In 2013 we picked celebrities apart to the tiniest units of measurement only to find more questions when we added it all up.
10. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber had a busy year. As the teen heartthrob grappled with adulthood his sugary sweet persona evolved into a bratty, aggressive manchild. Following his breakup with Selena Gomez, our favorite Bieber was caught doing a ton of obnoxious things from spitting on fans to tweeting his boners. There was no shortage of internet fodder and empirical evidence to support our thesis that he is a tool.
He tweeted his hard-on to all his “beliebers.”
He peed in a mop bucket and cursed Bill Clinton.
He suggested Anne Frank would have been a belieber.
He is an annoying neighbor who smokes weed on his segway.
He had his “servants” carry him up the Great Wall of China because his itty bitty legs couldn’t bare walking up the steps of one of the greatest accomplishments in human architectural history.
He was caught sleeping with a hooker.