July 10, 2013 by Cups n Pucks
The internet exploded this morning as pictures of Justin Bieber in the Blackhawks’ locker room surfaced. With the United Center as J. Bieb’s last stop on his Believe Tour, he was given the ultimate privilege of entering the locker room and taking pictures with the Cup. Two photos of Bieber’s experience went viral: one of him posing with the Cup with a “Bieber” Blackhawks jersey in the background, and a second one of him standing on the Indian Head logo, snapping a picture of the Cup.
There are so many things wrong with these images it’s hard to know where to begin.
So he gets private tour of the locker room, okay. He gets to do a douchy pose with it, I’ll cringe, but it’s fine. He gets his own customized jersey, whatever. After all, he is bringing his multimillion dollar tour to the United Center, I guess this is one of the perks he gets in return. Thousands of randoms get their moment in publicized Blackhawks glory every year. It’s repulsive but that’s the downside of having a championship team. For all the intensely gratifying joys that come with winning the Stanley Cup, there will always be pitfalls.
Though the first photo of him posing with the Cup makes my stomach turn, it’s the photo of him standing on the Indian Head that really makes my blood boil. Here’s why:
1. Before I jump on him, it is very possible that he just had no idea what he was doing when stepping on the logo. What makes me mad is that no one stopped him. Either you revoke the rule of stepping on the crest or you get the punk off it. That trophy is protected almost as well as the President of the United States, I can’t imagine he was left alone with his Bieber entourage to revel.
2. Justin Bieber has been spotted numerous times sporting hats of various NHL teams, from Bruins, to Red Wings, to Kings, and the list goes on. Seeing a bandwagon or fake fan in general get so much publicity is sickening. Giving him the honor of one on one time with the Cup in a place as sacred and intimate as the Blackhawks locker room is absolutely gut wrenching. Having him come in and prance with the cup is one thing, but breaking the golden rule of the locker room is disrespectful – to the team, the NHL, and to the fans.
3. Bieber is Canadian. Hockey is their bread and butter. Hell, he even played growing up. He should not be breaking hockey rules on a weekly basis. He is a disgrace to his country and the sport of hockey.
Blackhawks and NHL fans (and players) from all over are turning to Twitter to express their frustration.
But to really sum it up, there’s this:
And for the rest of you, I leave you with this.