And Finally

This Just-in: Bieber fans rampage, though it’s a window that defeats the pop teen

By | Published on Friday 1 June 2012

Justin Bieber

Gather round one an all for two classic Bieber tales, remixed for June 2012.

First up, it’s a while since we’ve had a story about Bieber fans gathering in dangerous numbers and getting close to bringing down human civilisation as we know it, but it’s happened again. This time in Oslo, Norway, where the pop teen played a free show this week, his first in the country for almost a year. But the show very nearly didn’t go ahead because of the large number of fans crushing each other in the street as they tried to get a glimpse of the singing haircut. Word had it that the authorities were close to declaring an actual state of emergency.

Bieber attempted to reduce the crush by tweeting to the assembled fans (perhaps remembering the legal repercussions of when he failed to do so at a US shopping mall in 2010), writing: “NORWAY – please listen to the police. I don’t want anyone getting hurt. I want everything to go to plan but your safety must come first”.

He did eventually take to the stage to play five songs, though not before almost 50 girls were injured, with fourteen taken away for hospital treatment, according to TMZ.

Oslo mayor Fabian Stang has now called for an investigation into how things got so out of control, telling TMZ: “I have already called on the Emergency Planning Agency to examine the entire event from the planning stage to its implementation. We have to find out what went wrong and why it happened”. If this video is anything to go by, it began when Bieber had the audacity to start travelling around in a car.

After Norway, came France, and the opportunity to relive another classic Bieber tale. Because, as all followers of CMU’s Bieber Desk coverage will know, this boy not only possesses a talent for gathering large numbers of hyperactive hyperventilating teenage girls. He’s also pretty adept at walking into glass doors. Though this time he actually walked into a glass wall.

Bieber was performing an intimate gig in a tower block in Paris, and between songs nipped backstage for a quick breather. He noticed a handrail, went to lean on it, but didn’t realise it was on the other side of a sheet of glass. Cue loud bang as the pop boy’s head hits the glass hard. Though, credit where it’s due, despite now having a very sore head Bieber went back on stage and performed his final song before returning to his dressing room and passing out.

According to TMZ, he was out for about fifteen seconds. A doctor was called, who confirmed the singer had a light concussion and should rest. Poor boy. Though he seemed quite cheerful about it all when speaking to TMZ later, which is how we are justifying including this in the ‘and finally’ section.

Bieber, of course, has a bit of a history of walking into glass, having been caught on camera twice walking headlong into glass doors. Alas the latest battle with glass was not filmed, as far as we know, but you can always enjoy the pop star’s past glass-based altercations…