Outrageous outfits. Paparazzi run ins. Collapsing on stage. Justin Bieber sure gave the press a lot to talk about during the London leg of his “Believe” tour! But all that media scrutiny can be hard on a man (can we call him that yet??), and One Direction‘s Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson want people to take it easy on the Biebz.
“Although I don’t know him personally, I do wish the press would take it easy on @justinbieber,” tweeted Louis, “I really do empathize with him, I don’t see anything out of character in comparison to any other teenagers I know.”
“Got your back bro!,” added Zayn.
Just because Justin is a superstar doesn’t mean he has the superpower to go unscathed by the mean things people say about him. Nobody does, and that’s why it’s important that we watch what we say in person and online. Let’s take a page out of 1D’s book and use our Twitter powers for good. Say nice things to someone who’s having a rough time. Call a cyber bully out — without bullying them back. Post inspiring lyrics or a photo of something cheerful. (Finger monkeys are always a hit.) Make nice with a frienemy. If One Direction can show their support for one of their biggest competitors, you can surely be cool with the girl who beat you out for class president!
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