OK, one of the things I have actually enjoyed about living abroad is the fact that I’m pretty much completely out of touch with American pop culture. Despite that I have heard of Justin Bieber – I mean I have little sisters who are 12 and 17 and I’d have to live under a rock to not know of one of the most famous pop stars in the world today. That being said, I don’t know a single one of his songs.
Anyway, Scotty and I were walking to school this morning and our usual route takes us past the Universal Studios office here in Paris. Normally, it’s just any other office but this morning there were a bunch of teenyboppers hanging around out front. Scotty jokingly said, “Bet they’re waiting for Justin Beiber.” We laughed and went on our merry way.
About four hours later, we were on our way home and the crowd in front of Universal had grown substantially. So we stopped and asked what was going on. This guy said, “You’re not going to believe it, Justin Bieber is supposed to come out on that balcony and do a performance.” We started cracking up! So, of course, we had to stay and watch. The problem was that with each moment that passed, we felt a bit of our dignity dying.
The most interesting thing was listening to the people around us. There were a group of Americans from YWAM. They were on their DTS and I overheard one of them say “He was OK that we skipped Evangelism class.” So apparently, they were skipping class to come see Justin. But they made it a ministry opportunity…
This signage would join other such placards:
It was an interesting crowd to be in. Very strange actually. I was never a star-struck teen. It’s never made sense to me, so being surrounded by all these crazy kids was very weird.
The fifteen-year-olds didn’t react kindly when someone stuck this t-shirt out of a window!
The t-shirt says: Go Home Beiber. There were some angry tweens. Anyway, Justin soon made his appearance and the crowd went wild.
There were a couple of casualties in the scuffle to see Justin. One girl apparently passed out and was lying on a park bench when I left, surrounded by medics and security personelle. Another girl apparently got a bit trampled, she was carried out of the crowd by this huge bodyguard. She was crying, her trousers were torn, and she appeared to be bleeding. Seriously crazy.