So Justin Beiber slipped, tripped, and fell while performing on stage during his “Believe Tour” concert tour last week summoning up millions of tweets and Youtube hits. To many this bit of video footage (no pun intended) is hilarious. But to others like myself it’s a sobering recognition of where our priorities lie as a society. Especially since the photos of Beiber visiting 4-year-old Cancer patient, Hailey Rosen this past weekend have barely seen the light of day. The pros and cons of fame maybe equal in number yet depending on the individual, often intolerable.
Hailey is a Beiber superfan. She was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, AT/RT (Atypical teratoid rhaboid tumor) on her brain in August. Hailey’s mother bought her “Believe Tour” concert tickets for her upcoming birthday. However, the reality of her serious condition whittles down the likeliness that Hailey will live long enough to attend. Justin Beiber and his camp caught wind of a campaign started to raise funds for the young Cancer victim, dubbed Healing Hailey Campaign. Beiber was truly a comet for little Hailey this weekend while in Milwaukee for his concert their on October 21st. Hailey wished upon a superstar and one swooped into Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center just for her.
Two years ago The Beib broke his foot during a concert, yet finished the performance. Further he finished the tour! On pain medication and foot in a cast, he remained dedicated to his fans that were coveting their concert tickets with anticipation of attendance greater than any Presidential Inauguration could ever expect. With the medications working hard in his system he ended up even throwing up on stage during one of those performances!
Yet what is the highlight of a reported $6.2 million for 80, 569 in sold tickets, hours of rehearsal, days living in hotels, tour buses, eating on the go to reserve extra time to fit in interviews, and showing up in sickness or inclimate weather? Millions of Youtube hits highlighting the five seconds an entertainer’s simple humanity shows. Nothing as alien like as Kanye’s Taylor Swift interruption of course. Tour promoter AEG Live gathered revenue, gross and attendance totals from just the first five arenas on the “Believe Tour” itinerary.
So I wonder, is talent so obscure in everyday life, that society commits as beloved fans not because they truly love, but simply trying to get a glimpse of themselves? Searching for an answer as to how one individual contains so much, seemingly, perfection in hopes of simply touching the hem of their garment and walking away whole and likewise talented? This is possibly the true motivation because, once the perfect picture cracks a bit, fans take pause to tweet, Instagram, and Facebook that one moment of reality for those unable to witness it in person .
Think of the last time you tripped, slipped, and fell. If you didn’t injure yourself something terrible, then you probably looked around to see if anyone else saw and to check if the cameras were rolling, right?
Or maybe you didn’t have the slightest inclination that all cameras within a mile radius were on you waiting to capture the next salacious bit of “oops” because unless a person is textbook paranoid that’s just not how the average individual goes about their daily lives. People are more inclined to get up, dust themselves off, and keep it moving while shaking their heads and chuckling.
Yet the two time Grammy nominee, that holds over 75 awards including multiple MTV, Kids’ Choice, AMA, and J-14 awards and even more nominations, is the talk of the town this past week because, well, he tripped.
In just the third year of his young career he was the first artist to have seven tracks from a debut album hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
At 18-years-old Forbes Celebrity 100 lists Beiber #3 for 2012. His earnings are over $55 million, he’s made major investments to secure his financial future, yet still he didn’t forego higher learning, but enrolled in college to further secure the possibility of long-term success. But major news about him is, he tripped.
IJS, be sure to share the infinite possibilities of courage, commitment, honing skills and talents with children; Nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, students, friends, all. I like Whitney Houston, believe the children are our future.
…teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride, to make it easier…
If anything is truly a big deal it’s the fact that people have the potential to soar in life, higher than they often ever imagine and everyone trips, slips, and falls sometimes along the way. As the saying goes:
Nothing beats a failure but a try.
You may support the Healing Hailey Campaign by visiting their page on Indiegogo.