Maybe celebrities should start polling their fans when they take major action with their looks. Take Justin Bieber. On Monday the Never Say Never hearthrob revealed his newly shorn locks, and today, just four teensy days later, it’s being reported the teen superstar has lost 80,000–count ‘em!-80,000 Twitter followers. Yowsers. The haircut heard ’round the world has even incited discussion of ruining Bieber’s career. Yes, for reals.
My favorite ‘friend’ (yes, I did) Jennifer Aniston unleashed a new bob this week while on the European leg of the Just Go With It promotional tour, and managed to cause a media frenzy, all because she chopped off a few inches of her hair! Instantly, the polls went up all over the Internet asking fans whether or not they approved of Aniston’s new ‘do.
And just this afternoon, the lovely and talented Matthew Fox has come under fire for a bearded look while appearing on “The Graham Norton Show.” He’s literally trending on Twitter because of a graying beard, and has fans waxing nostalgic about his ‘hot’ days whilst Jack on the never-properly-acknowledged-with-the-shallow-yet-industry-affirming-award-show-regalia days of the finest show to ever hit network television that is “Lost.” Le sigh. By the way, he is appearing in a play in London, so the beard is career-approved.
Yes, the entertainment industry is a shallow one, but lest we forget it, many of our favorite actors and musicians are actual ‘artists’ and should therefore be able to change up their looks for the sake of the craft from time to time. They are not like reality stars, who ‘go lighter’ to get over a soon-to-be-ex (yes, of course I’m referencing the greatest reality series on TV that also happens to be like crack cocaine to me, “The Real Housewives of [Whatever, Wherever, Whenever]“), though that would certainly be excusable since they are human after all.
I suppose the lesson here is not to make a fan base out of ‘tweens and teens, whose tastes may be ever developing and changing (say, within the course of a week) just as quickly as they rotate out romances. But the rest of us are just as judgmental (myself included), judging the very judgmental magazine covers launched by a star’s new image.
Sorry. Excuse the rant, but 80,000?! Sheesh.
Still, don’t feel too sorry for the Biebs; 7,628,349 fans remain–and counting…