We’ve been pranked!
Earlier this week, Justin Bieber set off a frenzy when he lamented on twitter that a bunch of his stuff had been taken, including a computer and camera with “a lot of personal footage.” Like a dog whistle, the tweets sent the media scrambling for whatever sorts of goods that “personal footage” might include. “Evidence” of underage drinking and a possible naked-pic surfaced almost immediately, as did rumors of a sex tape. And we were just about to reveal that scandalous generations-old Bieber family “spaghetti and milk” recipe we found, but! It turns out that this whole “stolen” stuff business is but stunt, initiated by Bieber himself to promote this sexy new video for “Beauty And A Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
The video begins with a slate that tells it all: “In October of 2012 three hours of personal footage was stolen from musician Justin Bieber. The following footage was illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger.” Okay, Biebs, you got us good.
Prank well pulled, Justin earned himself a fun video. Directed by Bieber himself, it’s basically just the best pool party ever. There is ping pong and food fights, water slides and Step It Up-style splash dance routines, synchronized swimmers and — for the first time ever in a Justin Bieber video! — there are strippers. And then there is Nicki Minaj, wearing some sort of pom-pom bustier while she drops lines like “Buns out, weiner/But I got to keep an eye out for Selener” like no big deal. Justin mouths along, so, yeah — no big deal! We might have argued that some of this is a bit “scandalous” for the still young-ish star, but we’re too busy trying to catch our breath. After the stunt Justin just pulled, he deserves to have a little fun.
Watch Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj In ‘Beauty And A Beat’ [RyanSeacrest]