It might have been an off-hand comment, but debate is rife after Justin Bieber asked concert-goers in Birmingham to “take a chill pill” because their screaming was “obnoxious”.
The 22-year-old tried to open his heart to the audience at the Barclaycard Arena about the loneliness of tour life, but had to stop mid-sentence because, even with a giant sound system, he apparently couldn’t get a word out amid the shrieks of his elated fans.
So what do you think? Was he being rude and unappreciative, or just trying to speak to his fans?
Taking a momentary break from tunes during the Purpose tour show, he said to the crowd:
“Could you do me a favour? Can you guys just relax for like two seconds? I’ve been on the road…”
As he was cut off by deafening screams to his left, he said: “I’m like two feet away from them. I appreciate the love, that’s amazing. Just try to show me love in a different way. Screaming is just so obnoxious.
“Take a chill pill for a second and listen to me speak. I don’t feel like I’m being heard sometimes and it gets a little frustrating.
“I’m away from my friends and away from my family, so it can be tough sometimes, but I have all you beautiful people to keep me company.”
He then finishing off his speech with: “Now scream.”
So can you empathise? Or are you outraged? Or, like some fans, are you just not that bothered?
Seen @justinbieber at the o2 last week and last night in Birmingham! All I can say is WOW!😍— Jodie King (@jodieleanneking) October 19, 2016