What the fuck, Justin Bieber, here’s the pile of money you dropped at a strip club in Houston last month.
What the fuck, Justin Bieber, here’s a video alleged escort Tatiana took of you sleeping at a party where you made attendees sign nondisclosure agreements.
What the fuck, Justin Bieber, here’s a photo of money Gaby Del Campo tweeted out about receiving from you.
What the fuck, Justin Bieber, here you are scurrying out of a brothel in Rio de Janeiro.
What the fuck, Justin Bieber, this Panamanian prostitute told a newspaper about your dick.
What the fuck, Justin Bieber, moralizing columnists are tearing their hair out, saying that your behavior is due to your exploitation as a child, which sounds strangely familiar.
What the fuck, Justin Bieber, at least admit that you slept with a prostitute. It’s cool.
Seriously, Justin Bieber, it’s fine. We know Brazil was hard for you.
When Miley Cyrus pulled some strip club moves to hasten her transition from child star to adult pop singer, we understood what was going on, even if we found it problematic. But that was nothing compared to the storm of Bieber news that hit this week, starting with reports from South American prostitutes that he had visited, and culminating with one posting a video of him sleeping on YouTube.
Justin, are you seeing sex workers as a way to assert your manhood? Were you ambushed by these leaks or are you deliberately seeking out sex workers who are heavy users of social media in order to disseminate your Adult Behavior? Who’s giving you advice, Justin?
If these women are just going to the press for the fun of it or the personal publicity, we have something to say: This is disappointing behavior, but also kind of awesome, and we are having a hard time reconciling the two. Violating the implied compact of consort-client privilege is ethically problematic, but so is the power imbalance inherent when a very rich white pop star is patronizing working women in South America and asking them to sign confidentiality agreements and confiscating their phones. Bieber (or his bodyguards) could seriously disappear women, so it’s hard to fault the logic behind getting a little leverage.
Sex workers and celebrities alike should exercise a discretion. Remember when Rihanna posted those photos of Thai strippers? That got someone arrested. It’s as if a public dalliance with a sex worker is a rite of passage for famous people (“Look Mom, I am so rich!”) and it shouldn’t be. And the same goes for sex workers—hey, it’s super cool that you got to hang with so-and-so but don’t put a picture or video online. Don’t you want repeat business?