Drake Bell, an actor you may have seen on the “Amanda Show” or “Drake & Josh”, has criticized Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga.
Bell feels it’s unfair that Grande and Bieber are billionaires without putting in the work. Is he jealous or does he have a point?
Drake Bell, 27, was interviewed by BuzzFeed about the music industry today.
Bell said, “There’s just a lot of really young, entitled people. I don’t think a lot of these young people have to work very hard. They’re found on YouTube and, boom, thrown into the studio so they think they can get anything they want”.
He continued, “Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she’s been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have, and what work did she ever have to do in her life?”
The actor and singer then took aim at the pop stars and their fans he feels are almost bullies.
Bell said, “I can’t stand that, with a lot of the pop stars, there’s this idea of ‘Are you in our clique? Are you a Directioner or are you a Belieber? Oh, you’re not in our gang? Then you’re not cool and you need to go in a hole and die. I don’t understand it. And what’s worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don’t come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn’t be acting this way.’ They just eat it all up, and I think it’s repulsive.”
He adds, “Lady Gaga, who says she’s so anti-bullying, was on [Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show] and Howard read all of these awful, awful tweets her fans had been sending him, [and] asked how she responded to her fans doing the exact antithesis of what she stands for. She said, ‘You have to understand, Howard, it comes from a place of love. They don’t want to see me get hurt.'”
“I couldn’t believe she didn’t take a second to address her fans and say how disgusted she was they’d do something like that, Drake added. “But none of them do that. Justin Bieber just tweets, ‘Yeah, Beliebers, go hard’ when they’re attacking somebody. Ariana Grande’s fans told Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it. It’s disgusting.”
Drake Bell adds that he dislikes how much influence people like Bieber or Gaga have over people.
He said, “We didn’t sign up to be role models, but we are. Artists like Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga have more sway over popular minds than a politician. They could get on a pedestal and say, ‘This is how you should treat people,’ but instead [Bieber’s] going around telling kids that as long as you have enough money and swag, you can do whatever you want. Instead of working to change the world, [he’s saying,] ‘Work to get as much money and power as possible because then you can do whatever you want and no one can say anything to you.’ I just think that’s a gross, awful, terrible message”.
Bell ended his interview by adding, “I’m all about unity and loving your neighbor.” Well, except for Ariana, Gaga, and Bieber apparently!
The actor filed for bankruptcy earlier this year with debts of around $500K, but feels he will get back on his feet.
He said, “That financial stuff could have happened to anybody. There’s decisions that have to be made as far as business, but as long as you really care about the craft and remember why you originally started in this business, it comes back.”
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