If you happen to be underneath a hotel balcony where Biebs is staying, gob-smacked could mean you just might end up with his yellowed mucous landing on your head. His now-infamous spitting episode the latest in a long line of seeming etiquette gaffes the young singer seems to be having trouble with his meteoric star status. Spitting from balconies, a bubbling froth of Justin Bieber’s saliva spilling over captured in media for all to, um, what - drool over?
I tweeted @justinbieber to make the point that spitting is littering. I told him I need celebrities to work with me, not against me, on litter prevention. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Michael Sheen in Wales and top model Laura Wells in Australia speak out against littering. The latter two are front-and-centre in their respective national campaigns. Thanks to TMZ we have a forever-image of the singer from Thursday in Toronto - one we would prefer to forget.
Spitting is one in a brotherhood of anti-social behaviors that includes public littering, urinating, graffiti and vandalism. There are laws against spitting all over the world. Spitting is a leading cause of spreading tuberculosis. Countries like India and China are planning to crack down hard.
Lately it’s as though some LA marketing bad boy gave the Biebs a handbook on how to spoil his image to increase his popularity with guys. I would rather think that his out-of-control actions are of the scripted variety rather than conclude that the kid is coming unglued.
Bieber is heading into the dicey 18-35 male demographic that is prone to disrespecting public space. Litterers leave behind a costly problem, not just gob.
I want to see Justin Bieber promise to not spit and to make the connection between his galactic status and the peer group his actions influence. Come to think of it, he would be a perfect ambassador for litter prevention around the world.
I wonder if he’ll answer my tweet?