Am I the only one who thinks the photos of Justin Beiber and Kim Kardashian in Elle aren’t that creepy?
It’s fantasy, folks. Elle is playing into the notion that the Biebs has the hots for a female pinup. The pictures unfold like a PG-rated soft-focus dream sequence you might see in a teen comedy like “Ladybugs.” (I can practically hear the Everly Brothers echoing.) It’s not billed as, “On The Beach With Hollywood’s Hottest Couple.”
If anything, the “Graduate”-inspired photo shoot could have been much ickier. When I was 16 years old and thinking about older female celebrities (Heather Graham, call me!), I wasn’t dreaming about frolicking on the beach. Trust me.
So I don’t really get why Bill O’Reilly devoted a segment of his show to label these pics inappropriate. (Well, I guess I do get why he spent time talking about Justin Bieber, since I’m now talking about Bill O’Reilly talking about Justin Bieber. Way to go viral, Billy!) The Fox News pundit doesn’t understand why a 16-year-old would have a crush on a 29-year-old sex tape star. “[When I was 16] I had a baseball glove, a bat and ice skates. That’s what I was doing.” (Wait, so he was playing ice baseball? That sounds all sorts of amazing.)
Granted, O’Reilly does have one point I can (sort of) understand. He pointed out that if the gender roles were reversed, the male celeb would be in “big trouble” for a similarly-themed photo shoot. (Although, technically, the actor wouldn’t be in actual trouble unless the photo shoot involved, you know, actual sex.)
I guess I’m just old-fashioned, you guys. In order for me to get creeped out buy a pop star in a magazine, a family member needs to be in the pics with them, a la Miley Cyrus’ Vanity Fair pics with Billy Ray or Britney’s Rolling Stone shots with her older brother.
What do you think? Is Bill O’Reilly overreacting? Do you like the Bieber/Kardashian pics? Leave a comment below! And for more pop culture ramblings, follow me on Twitter @jambajim.