Justin Bieber: Celebrities Split Over Star
Celebrities have voiced both criticism and support for Justin Bieber after the singer's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
The star was blasted by actor Seth Rogen, but received encouragement from fellow superstar Lady Gaga - who called on her army of fans to offer their backing.
Knocked Up actor Rogen, who is understood to have socialised with Bieber at the 2011 MTV Awards, posted on his Twitter account: "All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of s***."
But Gaga called on her followers - dubbed Little Monsters - not to judge the 19-year-old.
She wrote: "Hey monsters. I know everyone today is taking about Justin's arrest and all sorts of words and judgements are happening on the Internet. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and to stand up for themselves, but I think we should be supportive of Beliebers.
"They deserve, just like any other fan, to feel strong for each other and Justin so they can continue to share the bond they have through music. We may not understand everything celebrities do because there's only so much we see, but Justin and Beliebers were 'born this way' too.
"Let's spread love and compassion to Beliebers today. That is what we are all about. Can you trend #MonstersSupportBeliebers?"
Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, also took to Twitter to express his backing for the singer he discovered in 2008.
"@justinbieber love you and i will act in the manner of someone who truly cares. that is all I have to say. thanks for all those concerned," he wrote.
He later posted: "Been a long day. Bottom line is we are defined by how we handle adversity. Be there when it counts. Love fully in good times and bad."
Meanwhile, fans of Bieber have also rushed to his support.
Hundreds of so-called Beliebers flocked to the hotel where he stayed following his release from jail.
On Twitter - where the star has nearly 50 million followers - the hashtag #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin was trending worldwide.
And other fans posted their words of backing for the 19-year-old, many of them claiming he is being unfairly treated by the media.
One user, @BiebsStyle, wrote: "The media created a Justin Bieber that doesn't even exist #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin."
Another fan, ?@JustAzita, suggested Bieber was the victim of bullying, posting: "This world is against bullying, until the name 'Justin Bieber' comes up. Sad world... #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin."
A supporter with the Twitter handle ?@mysuperbieber wrote: "'Justin Bieber is a bad person' 'Justin Bieber is a bad influence' He's still the best idol in the world to me."
Many, including 'Boy Belieber ?@yacinechohra', indicated their support for the star was unconditional.
"Why? Because it's Justin Bieber. #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin," he wrote.
Various memes were posted on the micro-blogging site in solidarity with Bieber, including one featuring his arrest mug shot with the word "human" emblazoned across it.
A fan called @tugbaheaven posted: "Justin is human like all of us, he made mistake but all of these people are making such big drama just because he is 'Justin Bieber'."
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