Is it time to quit dismissing the taste of teenage girls and start appreciating Justin Bieber?

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Eric Gruneisen

By Brittany Spanos

At what point did teen girls suddenly just become wrong? "Serious" music fans seem to have universally accepted a critique of quality that befalls any artist who willingly sells to the rabid teen girl market and stigmatized the fans who dare to sometimes be male or at least above the age of eighteen. It's why we only divulge our love for Justin Bieber with a laugh and overdose of self-awareness that lets the world know we don't feel he or the boys in One Direction are legitimate artists.

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With last year's Believe, Justin has grown up into an artist that's on his way to Justin Timberlake levels of pop/R&B maturity -- given a few more years and scandals -- pregnancy scares/rumors, pot experiments, breakups, public mea culpas-- that will permanently dissolve that sweet and earnest teen image.

For now, Bieber has proven to be an enthralling act to watch live with his versatile talents in both dance and song. One Direction, while not known as the synchronized-dancing type of boy band, contain a full line-up of fairly equally talented singers, which is more than most groups from the late '90's/early millennium pop group flood can say.

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Eric Gruneisen
The Biebs at the Pepsi Center last month.
Plus, they have a knack for choosing some supremely fun '90s ~deep cuts~, in spite of their age. So while everyone bides their time loving them in secret or hating them for the sake of hating something, 1D and the Biebz will never be respected because everyone knows their fans -- teenage girls -- are never to be trusted with matters of taste.

As Jessica Hopper pointed out in her Pazz & Jop piece on Taylor Swift, Grimes and Lana Del Rey, pop stars who grasp the attention of primarily young girls are seen as all image and no substance.

See also: Bieber Fever -- the "Fieber" -- can lead to severe discomfort

That means Justin Bieber can't be anything more than a boy who used to toss those side-swept bangs of his and make all his Beliebers' hearts swoon, even if his latest release has been heralded as an exciting and soulfully mature turn for the pop star. Many have collectively come to embrace the unwarranted and baseless idea that young girls are unable to engage with "good" music or art of substance which makes praise of these pop acts by anyone feel nearly delusional to them.

With the logic that someone like Justin Bieber can't ever musically mature from "Baby," The Beatles would have never gone from just wanting to hold hands to releasing albums like the now-revered White Album towards the end of their career. In a more recent sense, Justin Timberlake began his career in one of the most successful bubblegum pop groups of the early millennium, *NSYNC, and had fans literally beg him to release a new album.



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26 comments
George Abbott
George Abbott

No. Not until the talent level gets back to The Beatles.

K. Lyn Baker
K. Lyn Baker

Closer to David Cassidy than Justin Timberlake.

Michael Howell
Michael Howell

No. This has to be a trick question right? Bieber sucks. Not really a fan of Timberlake either.

David Stone
David Stone

No. Timberlake has style and a cool demeanor, Beiber is a tool.

Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders

Oh nasty. When I first read that headline I thought y'all were talking about eating girls.

Denise Ortega
Denise Ortega

If teenaged girls want to spend all their time and money on a skinny kid who can't dance and certainly can't sing, what do I care? At least they aren't spending it on drugs. Doesn't bode well for the future of music, though, when he gets referenced as an "influence" on the industry. Sad.

Sara Sylvia
Sara Sylvia

I don't think a lot of people hate him just for the sake of hating so much as we're just tired of the same old crap produced for the same audience over and over again. I have yet to meet a full grown adult in person get pumped about anything he does, it seems his main publicity comes from teenage girls and almost middle age rappers.

Vivi Sojorhn
Vivi Sojorhn

Possibly he'll have to suffer a great tragedy for us to believe he's grown up and has something to say...or sing about.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

No. Justin timberlake is talented and can act and sing and dance. Beiber is a phony.

Madison Chelsea Watson
Madison Chelsea Watson

did you read the article? i love the part where it says "So while everyone bides their time loving them in secret or hating them for the sake of hating something, 1D and the Biebz will never be respected because everyone knows their fans -- teenage girls -- are never to be trusted with matters of taste."

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Without autotune, half of these 'artists" would be looking for real jobs.

Tarayn Marissa
Tarayn Marissa

NO. He turned down Justin's help for Usher too btw.

Tony Soto
Tony Soto

Not even close with his fake ass singing!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Some guys like the taste of teenage girls ...

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