Plenty of other stars, though, are concerned about Bieber's problems, which are obviously quite real. Ellen Degeneres, always classy, bypassed easy quips to express concern.
It's hard to hear all this news about @JustinBieber. I hope he makes his way to adulthood without him or anyone else getting hurt. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 23, 2014
Lady Gaga threw the weight of her own fandom behind that of her fellow pop star. "Hey monsters. I know everyone today is taking about Justin's arrest and all sorts of words and judgments 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," she wrote on her Little Monsters website.
There's really only one group that can even begin to relate to what's going on in Bieber's head: fellow child stars. Mackenzie Phillips, a former teen TV star who's been to rehab many times, told People that she doesn't think people should mock Justin's smiling mugshot. "You look at that mugshot, and you see he's smiling. But look in his eyes. There's fear there, I think."
"Matilda" star Mara Wilson, who's now an adult (I know, like sand through the hourglass), has become an outspoken critic of the toll that showbiz takes on kids. She weighed in on Bieber's troubles:
Yes, #JustinBieber has been acting like an a—hole, but that tends to happen when you give a young person unlimited funds and attention. — Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) January 23, 2014
Thanks for tweeting prison rape jokes about Justin Bieber, makes it easier to see who to unfollow. — Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) January 23, 2014
Meanwhile, Justin won't be getting a lot of sympathy from one former NFL player:
They finally caught HIM! Glad no one was hurt, no kids in the street. Everyone grows up at some point. Hopefully he learns from it. — Keyshawn Johnson (@Thromedamnball) January 23, 2014
No big surprise there — Johnson is Bieber's neighbor.