Some crazy fan is going to buy Justin Bieber’s hair (from yesterday’s haircut) in an auction announced on today’s Ellen DeGeneres show, according to a web rumor. While that seems really strange to me, the purchase will benefit charity, which is good, I suppose.
Yesterday’s big news on the internet was that Justin Bieber got a haircut (see picture here). But there might be more to Bieber’s haircut than simply getting his bangs out of his eyes. The rumor this morning is that Bieber’s hair will be auctioned for charity on Ellen DeGeneres’s daytime talk show today (Wednesday). [Source: It Sucks to Be Bieber’s, Aniston’s and Travolta’s Hair, EOnline.com, 2/22/11. Downloaded from: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b227416_it_sucks_be_biebers_anistons_travoltas.html#ixzz1EmRKVqae]
I don’t know whether to be touched or disgusted by the rumor. On the one hand, the squeaky clean, overtly religious, and crazy popular Justin Bieber is doing something to benefit a charity, and that is a good thing. But on the other hand, he is selling part of his body (his hair), and that is kind of gross. What will be for sale next? Finger nail clippings? His tonsils? Dandruff?
Who is going to buy Justin Bieber’s hair, and what are they going to do with it? I think I simply am not a big enough fan (of anyone) to understand the motivation for buying a celebrity’s hair. The celebrity I most admire is probably Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers, and I don’t think I would want his hair, even if someone were giving it away. What do you do with it? Put it in a scrap book? Display it on a mantel piece next to a stuffed celebrity pet?
Justin Bieber’s extreme celebrity is doing odd things to the entertainment world. Even Ozzy Osbourne has apparently been struck with some degree of Bieber fever (he appeared in a Super Bowl ad with Bieber). [Source: Horovitz, Bruce. “Justin Bieber … and Ozzy? … to star in Best Buy Super Bowl ad,” USA Today, 1/28/11. Downloaded from: http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/2011-01-26-bieber26_ST_N.htm]. But many of us continue to scratch our heads and wonder why the kid is so popular. Now we can add “why would someone want to buy his hair” to the list of mysteries.
Horovitz, Bruce. “Justin Bieber … and Ozzy? … to star in Best Buy Super Bowl ad,” USA Today, 1/28/11. Downloaded from: http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/2011-01-26-bieber26_ST_N.htm
It Sucks to Be Bieber’s, Aniston’s and Travolta’s Hair, EOnline.com, 2/22/11. Downloaded from: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b227416_it_sucks_be_biebers_anistons_travoltas.html#ixzz1EmRKVqae