Justin Bieber has been ‘doing’ NYC for the last little while, hitting nightclubs with his friends, appearing on chat shows, doing the Today show in the streets and yes skateboarding. It’s not easy being young, very talented and having to cope with super stardom. And the burden of those challenges seems to have weighed on him over the last year or so.
So nice to see him in NYC, performing engagingly and well…coping. In the first video he’s doing his thing for the today show and doing it well. In the second video he’s skateboarding and doing it not so well at all. It’s not so often these days of carefully managed public profiles for a big star to let it all hang out. And perhaps that’s what Beiber is trying to do, find some kind of balance between the glare of relentless adoration and the limitation of being human like the rest of us.
If so he’s made a good start with the skateboarding. Yup, skillful skateboarding takes a loooooot of practice. And Bieber hasn’t done enough yet, which makes him, in this respect, just like most of us, good at some things and not others. Enjoy your visit Justin, glad to see you.