Actress and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith took to Facebook to condemn the media for "bullying" Justin Bieber and other young artists.
In something of a treatise under the headline, "Are we bullying our young artists?" Pinkett Smith took the media to task, asking, "How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?"
"It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol' grown folk," she wrote. "Is it okay to continually attack and criticize a famous 19 year old who is simply trying to build a life, exercise his talents while figuring out what manhood and fame is all about as he carries the weight of supporting his family as well as providing the paychecks to others who depend on him to work so they can feed their families as well?"
Her reprimand followed a week full of Bieber drama, as the young star, in London for a series of concerts, was photographed about town with pants down to his knees, started a concert two hours late and then suffered a fainting spell.
Every last bit of it made the news -- and not in a flattering fashion.
Pinkett Smith compared the criticism to cyber-bullying and said Bieber deserved a break.
"We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage," she wrote. "Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities."
At last count, her note had gotten more than 22,000 likes.
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