As if you needed more proof that people should just listen to Adam Lambert. Various news outlets are reporting that pop prince/Internet overlord Justin Bieber, who by most accounts likes girls, found himself in an altercation after he was subjected to homophobic taunting. During what would have otherwise been a peaceful game of laser tag, the hipster-esque pop star was bullied by another player and was called a gay slur.
Details on the scuffle below. (We’d say it’s really lame to get into a fight while playing laser tag, but Bieber is only 16 years old, so it’s not like he can start delivering smackdowns in a bar. Not legally, anyway.)
Bieber was reportedly playing laser tag at Planet Lazer, an entertainment facility in Richmond, British Colombia last Friday night. According to TMZ, this is how the incident went down:
During the game of laser tag, one kid went out of his way to target Justin repeatedly (a violation of the code of honor of laser tag, if there is such a thing).
Sources say that Bieber became frustrated when the kid cornered him and wouldn’t stop shooting and when Bieber told him, “That’s enough” … the kid responded, “What are you gonna do about it, faggot?”
We’re told a shocked Bieber replied, “Excuse me?” Sources say the other kid responded, “You’re a faggot” and then put his hand out toward Bieber and Bieber pushed it away as he left.
Contrary to several news reports, we’re told Bieber never struck the other boy.
Because he’s under 18, authorities aren’t releasing names of the accused party, but all signs are pointing to Bieber (including this photo taken at the laser tag center the same night). If Bieber did indeed walk away from the fight instead of resorting to violence, we give him an Internet high-five for being the bigger man. Way to be a role model, dude! All your fans can dress up as you for Halloween with a strong sense of pride.
The moral of this story is, don’t mess with Justin Bieber. Or wasn’t his badassery clear enough from Bieber or Die?