Drake Bell finds the actions of the likes of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga ‘disgusting’ when it comes to handling their fans and their own behavior.
The Drake & Josh star put all three of them on blast in a recent interview with BuzzFeed, saying of Grande that she never really worked hard to earn her fame.
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. 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?
Then he proceeded to slam Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for not scolding their fans when they send hateful messages to those that challenge them:
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 Direction-er 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 went ahead to give examples:
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. 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.
Bell said he felt the issue needed to be spoken about because celebs like Bieber and 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,’ he said with a sigh. ‘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.’
‘A lot of artists try to run away from that fanbase so quickly, but I would rather have my audience grow with me than to suddenly turn my back on them because I’m an adult now, because I take my clothes off, smoke weed, and f**king drive fast cars,’ he added, obviously shading Miley Cyrus and Bieber. ‘I hope my fans will grow with me. I want to be like Michael Jackson — 5-year-olds love his music and 75-year-olds love his music.’
In all, Bell’s message is for celebs to accept their responsibility as role models, instead of trying to run away from it.