Cyber-bullying victims: Not just anonymous teens. For a few days, it looked like Justin Bieber had been a victim as well.
For those not part of the nearly 29 million that follow Bieber’s every move on Twitter, the drama started Wednesday, when he tweeted that his computer and camera were stolen from him backstage. “sucks when u take personal footage and people dont respect your privacy.”
Then Twitter user @gexwy (no one knows who he is) tweeted out three YouTube links of supposedly private but innocuous videos — Bieber partying and hanging out with friends — as proof he had the stolen electronics. In several of the tweets, @gexwy threatened a racier, private video of Bieber that he was sure Biebs wouldn’t want released, stating that if his unknown demands were not met, he would be release the footage at noon Friday (aka today). “I got more. so much more” “TOMORROW. u’ve been warned. should of listened.”
Bieber seemed to take the high road, tweeting out, “@gexwy no matter what you have and what you post tomorrow i know my fans wont leave me. screw it. #toostrong.”
It seemed like bad news for fans of the pop star with the perfect hair. But then last night, Bieber tweeted, “noon,” which seems like an odd thing to remind your fans of if the footage really was an incriminating sex tape or something of that nature. Even odder, over the past hour, Bieber has been tweeting out links to various gossip sites questioning whether nude pictures would be released at noon.
Publicity stunt? Never say never! The Beliebers and the cynics among us waited with bated breath for noon today, and… it was totally a publicity stunt. He’s a music video director! After tweeting, “since i was 14 i have had a lot of things said about me, from dying, to taking hormones, to dying again, to stuff about my family… to saying i had a baby with a woman i never even met. nude pics, drugs, my family, my character…but today…today i get to be in on it…” he tweeted out the link for the video, written, directed and shot by him, for “Beauty And A Beat,” his song off Believe featuring Nicki Minaj.
Check it out below:
It’s all water park fun for now, but Bieber better be careful, lest he becomes the boy who cried “personal footage.”