Justin Bieber just left some valuable tips for fans who want photos with him via a Snapchat video.
They include such gems as:
“If you start screaming louder, that’s not gonna make me take a photo more. I wanna enjoy the moment just as you’re enjoying the moment, but I can’t enjoy it if I’m not feeling like there’s any respect given to me at that moment.”
“If you’re asking kindly, usually the chances are I’ll take a photo…BUT if perhaps I don’t or I’m in a mood where I’m not trying to take a photo in that moment, please just respect me and treat me the way that you’d want to be treated.”
Look, there’s no way Bieber acknowledging how much people want to take photos with him isn’t going to come off as privileged. The reality is that that’s his life. No one can argue he’s not getting hounded by fans and paparazzi everyday.
Just because we can’t relate doesn’t make his experience less valid.
Is some of what he says worded poorly? Yes, but this is also the type of communication that his fans have always held dear — the imperfect, honest, and immediate communication he has always had with fans first through YouTube and subsequently through his other social media platforms.
It’s why his fans are so loyal, because they feel like they know him, and in some way, that they are responsible for him.
The message might have had a bigger impact on fans if it were delivered on a show like Ellen. It might have had a bigger impact on Bieber himself if it were a subject of conversation between him and his advisers, or other famous people.
That said, his fans are never going to punish him for being honest.