If you haven’t heard, Comedy Central has scheduled the “roast” of Justin Bieber for Saturday March 7th. Roast have been a yearly tradition for Comedy Central and former roastees have included Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump, James Franco, David Hasselhoff, and several other celebrities at varying heights in their popularity. Bieber himself has offered himself up to the jowls of comedians like Jeff Ross and Lisa Lampanelli in order to celebrate his 21st birthday and the collective mouths of society salivated – while fan girls everywhere wept.
So what’s going to happen to the Biebs? Well considering his laundry list of public offenses comedians aren’t at a loss for source material and anything is up for grabs with a set of roasters known to not pull their punches. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Orlando Bloom make a guest appearance and having the two settle their beef (which ignited late July in a nightclub in Spain’s island nation Ibiza) with words instead of fist; but that’s just wishful thinking on my part.
If you’re wondering what compelled the celebrity to serve himself up to the comedy grinder he’s doing it as a form of retribution. He acknowledges that a lot of his past has been mired in bad publicity and doing stupid shit – DUI’s, indecent exposure, general douchery – and is trying to move on from that phase while also owning up to it. Within the last four months there have been reported stories of encounters with Bieber that support his claim: from buying patrons behind him in line food to personally thanking restaurant goers that ceded a table to him, people have remarked that Bieber is trying to turn his image around and be generally nicer to the populace that made him a star. Hopefully this roast will put an end to what felt like a decade of Bieber being the spotlight of tabloid turmoil and welcomes him into adulthood.