Sunday 16 June 2019

Men's Health journalist slams 'offensive' Justin Bieber in scatching cover story

Justin Bieber for Men's Health magazine
Justin Bieber for Men's Health magazine
Justin Bieber for Men's Health magazine
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Journalist Oliver Broudy has given some insight into what it's like to spend a day with Justin Bieber.

The writer for Men's Health spent a full work day with The Biebs for his latest Men's Health cover and Broudy wasn't shy about sharing his true feelings about the teen sensation.

Broudy didn't hold back when it came to describing the superstar in a lengthy introduction to the piece, which went from bad to worse.

"It's not that you don't like Justin Bieber. You actually find him offensive," he began, explaining his early success was so incredible that he has no concept of 'real life'.

Justin Bieber for Men's Health magazine
Justin Bieber for Men's Health magazine

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“Or maybe it's just that he's never had to deal with all the crap the rest of us have," he added. "Like public transportation. Job interviews. Getting fired, or dumped, or ignored at the bar. Mowing the f--king lawn. This is a kid who had his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall of China. Everything was handed to him. And now he's a big boy and he thinks manhood is going to be handed to him too.

"And you're like, no, dude. No."

He said that watching him grow up in the public eye ("like watching a skunk attempt to work loose from a bear trap") only left him wanting to take him aside for five minutes to have a stern word with him about socially  accepted behaviour.

"if you watch long enough, you can't help but think Jaysus, if I only had five minutes with the kid...But what exactly would you say? And could he even hear you if he hasn't learned to listen yet?"

The magazine's Editor-In-Chief Bill Phillips issues a similarly damning piece in the publication, but explains that the reason for featuring Bieber as the cover star was simply the opportunity to provide him with a second chance and publish an honest, redemption piece.

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein and #MyCalvins
Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein and #MyCalvins

"Surely the question crossed your mind. Bieber? On the cover of my favourite health and fitness magazine? The dude is barely 21 and, let’s be honest, has been acting like a spoiled brat the past couple of years," he wrote in his Editor's Letter.

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"I had the same initial reaction when his people reached out to us last fall, and almost immediately dismissed the idea. But then I decided it was only fair to meet with them first."

He explains that the Baby singer's publicist reached out to them late last year as part of his image overhaul and his desire to "grow up".

"We’re all works in progress," Phillips added. "The key to growth is realizing it. When I was 20, I pulled quite a few of my own d-bag moves. Only difference was that TMZ wasn’t there to report them.

"Eventually I realized I wanted to be a better man. I focused on school. Found a part-time job. Got serious about a woman. No one questioned if I deserved a second chance. We all do.

"The same goes for Justin Bieber, and we’re giving him one. Right here, right now, we’re calling a cease-fire."

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