An Ottawa, Canada radio station is administering some tough love on its native son, Justin Bieber. Ottawa’s The New HOT 89.9 says it’s banning Bieber’s music until he gets help for the wild streak that’s gotten him arrested for alleged DUI and investigated for felony vandalism.
“Somebody's got to talk to this guy, get some sense into him,” 89.9 radio host Mauler says about his station’s attempt to pressure Bieber to go into rehab. Mauler says: “The only way that we think he can do that is maybe by banning his music and going right for his wallet. And you see if we don't play his music, maybe people won't buy his music, and maybe he'll go, 'Uh-oh. I gotta do something about this.’"
Fair enough. But if this radio station thinks it’s playing hardball, that’s nothing compared to the Beliebers, whose vengeful social media tactics against those who wrong the pop star are legendary (their admirable devotion, we should note, is doubtlessly inspired by Bieber’s melodic voice, brilliant dance moves, and boyish good looks so please don’t hate-tweet us).
“It's the 12-year old girls that I walk to my car at night looking over my shoulder because I'm a little scared,” Mauler admits.
But he says lots of Bieber’s young fans are starting to see things his way. “I think we're cracking through some of them in making them realize that this role model needs to be a role model and wise up and kinda be a good guy from here on in.”
The brutal truth is that if this station were to ban every pop star who gets in trouble with the law, the only thing they’d be able to play are commercials and old Jonas Brothers records. But Mauler says his station has a very good reason for singling out Bieber. Find out what it is tonight on Showbiz Tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT