Meltdown of a famous star... By Paul Kokoski
12 March, 2013
My letter is regarding Justin Bieber's UK meltdown. Justin Bieber's UK meltdown is a sign that he has become a shameless victim of his own idolatrous popularity and 'tweeny' brand of music. Bieber's pop-rock-rap music is aimed at the phenomenon of the masses, is industrially produced and, ultimately, has to be described as the cult of the banal. Rock music in general is the expression of elemental passions and, at rock festivals, it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship. People are, so to speak, released from themselves by the experience of being part of a crowd and by the emotional shock of rhythm, noise and special lighting effects. However, in the ecstasy of having all their defences torn down, the participants sink, as it were, beneath the elemental force of the universe leaving little room for divine intervention.
Rap and hip hop music in particular are condescending in nature, projecting rhythmic elements of braggadocio and ritualised insult. Whatever happened to the once clean cut boy from Ontario, Canada?