In a new BuzzFeed interview, Drake Bell… wait. WHO? Drake Bell, of Drake & Josh fame (of course) goes on the attack, lashing out at Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande for their aggressively nutty fan base and their rapid rise to super stardom, saying “There’s just a lot of really young, entitled people” in the music biz.
“I don’t think a lot of these young people have to work very hard. They’re found on YouTube and, boom, thrown into the studio so they think they can get anything they want. Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she’s been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have, and what work did she ever have to do in her life?”
“And I can’t stand that, with a lot of the pop stars, there’s this idea of ‘Are you in our clique? Are you a Directioner or are you a Belieber? Oh, you’re not in our gang? Then you’re not cool and you need to go in a hole and die. I don’t understand it. And what’s worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don’t come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn’t be acting this way.’ They just eat it all up, and I think it’s repulsive.”
“If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, ‘This isn’t how we do it. Lady Gaga, who says she’s so anti-bullying, was on [Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show] and Howard read all of these awful, awful tweets her fans had been sending him, [and] asked how she responded to her fans doing the exact antithesis of what she stands for. She said, ‘You have to understand, Howard, it comes from a place of love. They don’t want to see me get hurt.’ I couldn’t believe she didn’t take a second to address her fans and say how disgusted she was they’d do something like that. But none of them do that. Justin Bieber just tweets, ‘Yeah, Beliebers, go hard’ when they’re attacking somebody. Ariana Grande’s fans told Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it. It’s disgusting.”
And while part of me wants to pat him gently on the head and say “You just work on you, Drake Bell” the other part of me TOTALLY agrees with everything he’s saying. So… go get ’em, tiger. (via E!; Photo: Pacific Coast News)