Justin Bieber Deletes Instagram, Makes Us Contemplate Doing The Same

Justin Bieber Deletes Instagram, Makes Us Contemplate Doing The Same

Let this be the last thing you read about Jelena this week

Let this be the last thing you read about Jelena this week

Text: William Defebaugh

If you're a fan of Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez, or have an interest in popular culture, you have probably heard about the whole #SelenaEndedJustinParty media storm. (Or worse: if you work in any aspect of pop culture, you have probably been subjected to endless ongoing debates about who started it, who ended it, and why Sofia Richie was the number one most searched term on Google this past Sunday.)

In case by some modern miracle you've steered clear of the drama, allow me to do the disservice of filling you in. Basically, Justin Bieber succumbed to the ultimate annoying ex-boyfriend power move, posting five photos of him on vacation with his new girlfriend, Sofia Richie (yes, she's the younger sister of Nicole—you can read all about her here) on Instagram in what may or may not have been an attempt to make Selena Gomez jealous. For any non-millennials who happen to be reading this, it's pretty much the modern equivalent of making out with your new boo in front of your old one.

The real drama unfolded when Justin reprimanded his fans for their harsh comments on his photos dissing Sofia and lamenting Selena—making a not-uncalled-for connection between their looks—and threatening to go private on Instagram. Selena, as it turns out, is not just a perfect angel fallen from heaven only to grace us with whistling and good dance music, but is in fact also a human being who succumbs to jealousy like the rest of us. In the alleged Instagram comment read 'round the world, the young pop star (or a bot) reportedly commented on Bieber's post saying that Bieber should be careful about disrespecting his fans, and biting the hands that fed him first.

Selena deleted the comment, and Justin responded with a passive aggressive comment about being amused by people who "used" him and his fame (ouch!). This brings us to today, where we awoke to the news that Biebs at last made good on his threat, even going one step further: deleting his account altogether (good luck getting this 77 million followers back, buddy). Despite our initial sadness about the prospect of not getting immediate access to our beloved Bieber and his many new blond 'dos the minute they debut, we were overwhelmed with a more prominent emotion: jealousy.

As an archivist of popular culture, these kind of celebrity feuds represent an internal fissure. Is this really news? Everyone is writing about it, so it must be? Well aren't we the ones that make the news? Though if everyone is reading these stories, then surely they must be what the people want, right? But isn't it our job as responsible journalists to separate what people want from what they need—which surely can't be this?

It's only Tuesday, and we were already exhausted by the promise of another day of Jelena updates masquerading as news, so forgive us for being just a little bit grateful for Justin's social media nihilism—and for allowing us to dream of a world in which we do not have to participate in such public displays of personal drama, or PR, or what have you. Let this be the last you read on the subject: Justin Bieber deleted his account, and maybe you should too.

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