Even some Beliebers get the joke.
It all started when Josh Kaye saw the infamous picture of Justin Bieber standing on the sacred Hawks logo at the United Center. Like any seasoned Hawks fan, Kaye knew it was a no-no. Revenge was in order.
“Hockey is such a traditional sport, and you don’t stand on tradition,” the 25-year-old from Des Plaines said. “You stand on tradition, we’ll stand on you.”
With some quick thinking, and quick printing at his job, he got his hands on a giant photo of the pop star's face before the Blackhawks Convention last week. The idea was simple: Get a photo of him and lifelong friends Chris Wilkerson and Mark Wegener standing on Bieber's mug in front of the Stanley Cup.
“You don’t mess with Hawkeytown,” he said. “We kind of figured, as a male teen Canadian hockey fan, he’d know better not to stand on the logo.”
The response from fans at the convention was overwhelmingly positive, and has been even more so on Twitter, where photos tweeted from @standonbieber have been shared so much, Kaye has had to shut off notifications on his phone so he could sleep this week. The real surprise -- other than gaining more than 1,000 followers in just days -- was the universal support for the idea. Bieber fans, as well as Bruins, Flyers and Red Wings die-hards, have Tweeted their support.
“‘They say, ‘We hate the Blackhawks, but we are loving this,” he said.
Kaye said he’d like to keep the idea going along with Wilkerson and Wegener, and it’s possible the trio will bring the giant Bieber likeness to cities like Detroit or Philadelphia to stand on the star there.
“The common enemy really isn’t Bieber,” he said. “It’s the bandwagon mentality some fans have, and we’ll all stand against them.”
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