Don’t Mess With The Bieber

Apparently even teeny bop pop stars for 12 year old girls have a death threatening contingent among their fans:

So what would happen if Justin Bieber was deleted from the internet? After all, the young singer consumer product is a perpetual trending topic on Twitter, and his fans have already twice caused him to cancel a public appearance thanks to their, let’s say ‘devotion’. That combination (social network-based viral phenomenon plus mass hysteria) was bound to bubble over at some point. And so it has.

Greg Leuch has been receiving death threats ever since he invented and launched his ‘Shaved Bieber’ web application, that eliminates Bieber’s presence on the web by blocking out his photo and name wherever they appear. Yeah.

According to the Toronto Star, the first angry e-mail Leuch received was from someone in Switzerland. It read: “what you’re doing is going back to World War II all over again. Hitler wanting to erase Jews from society — you want to erase Justin Drew Bieber.”

Admit it, you thought this post wouldn’t have any references to Hitler.  Newbie.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • dartigen

    Huwha?

    Hitler didn’t give the Jews a choice. This guy is letting people choose whether to install his app or not.
    Now, if it was a malicious virus propagating through email/Twitter/what have you, I could understand the Hitler reaction.

    And not everyone loves Justin Bieber. I would think someone from Switzerland would be educated enough to realize that.


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