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Justin Bieber: No Longer Squeaky Clean?

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The New Year has already brought many changes.  Same sex marriage became legal in Maryland.  Hugh Hefner got married (again).  And Justin Bieber became a man.  Or at least he started to shed some of his spotless, squeaky clean appearance.

Just a day after a photographer was killed attempting to follow Justin Bieber’s Ferrari (rumored to have been driven by Lil Twist), Bieber was photographed bringing in the new year with lots and lots of blunts.  Something which neither Bieber nor his manager have commented on.

Are these wild antics tarnishing Bieber’s reputation or is this Bieber’s attempt at gaining an older, wilder fanbase?

Much like Miley Cyrus’ scandal after scandal led to the new, more mature Miley, perhaps this is Justin’s attempt to shed his boyish image.  But how far is too far?

Some critics claim that Justin’s new behavior will make him popular with an older crowd and only increase his fan base.  Scandals always to manage to garner more attention for an artist, whether it be positive or negative.  Others have voiced concern that Lil Twist may be a bad influence on Bieber, leading him down a road of destruction.  They say that if Bieber continues down this path, more scandals and even worse decisions await him.

The answer to whether or not this is Bieber’s attempt to change his image will come in time.  However, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Bieber and how he handles this new and less-than-wholesome image.

Mackenzie is an Alabama native attending NYU and studying Journalism and Dramatic Literature. She hopes to one day live in London and write for the BBC.