On Friday night (Jan. 4), TMZ posted photos of Justin Bieber allegedly smoking marijuana with friends inside a Newport Beach hotel room, and the inevitable backlash from both the pop star and his fans occurred in the hours and days that followed. Bieber posted a vague mea culpa on Twitter on Saturday, explaining, "Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up." Meanwhile, Beliebers have both chastised and defended the singer on their social networks: while some feel let down by the alleged pot use, others think that the "Believe" star can be forgiven for a one-time slip, while still others that even regular marijuana use is no big deal.
It's a familiar dance to every celebrity that has been caught dabbling with weed, although Bieber admittedly possesses more star power -- and has more teens, tweens and children looking up to him -- that most in the public eye. But in 2013, does it still matter when a celebrity (specifically a musical artist) is caught with a joint in hand?