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Patrick Carney reignites feud with 'irresponsible' Justin Bieber

Patrick Carney was not pleased with the way Justin Bieber handled their 2013 feud.
Patrick Carney was not pleased with the way Justin Bieber handled their 2013 feud.
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The Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney, still has a bone to pick with Justin Bieber. In a new Rolling Stone interview (via a May 10 Entertainment Weekly report), Carney called him out for the "irresponsible" manner in which he conducted himself during their 2013 feud.

Back in February 2013, a reporter had asked Carney if he felt that Bieber should feel snubbed by the lack of Grammy nomination. Carney replied, "Grammys are for music, not for the money, and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy." In response, Bieber tweeted that "the Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha." As a result, Carney spent months being harassed by millions of "Beliebers" on social media.

Looking back on the feud, Carney insists that his original remark had not been a slight against the "Boyfriend" singer, and that he was actually paying him a compliment. As he explained, "I’m saying that he should be grateful that he has a f–king career in music. And he shouldn't be f-ing telling his followers to slap me, and then also be doing anti-bullying bulls–t. It’s so irresponsible."

Carney also suggested that Bieber had been using mind controlling tactics to manipulate his followers. As he commented, "if you’re a 34-year-old f–king loser like me, and you go on Justin Bieber’s Twitter account like a total pervert every time that he gets in trouble, you should look at his tweets the next day. It’s always like, ‘I love you guys so much, always believe, never stop believing.’ He’s feeding them the Kool-Aid more and more. He pours it on heavy, though."

Carney is not the only celebrity to have objected to Bieber's behavior lately. In a May 7 interview with Seth Rogen on the "Daily Show," Jon Stewart talked about how the 20-year-old pop star had become an increasingly negative influence on Selena Gomez. As he explained, "I have young children. And [Selena] was the winner of the family wizard competition on 'Wizards of Waverly Place.' They were engaged in a battle for four years and she ended up winning. My kids really respected that victory."

Stewart felt that Gomez' image was tainted by her association with Bieber. He also worried about what his kids would think about their off-again/on-again relationship. As he explained, "how do I explain that to them? She was a wizard and now she’s hanging out with a douchebag."

Like Stewart, Rogen is not a fan of the "Beauty and a Beat" singer. In a recent interview with Howard Stern, the "Neighbors" star talked about several negative experiences he had meeting Bieber in person. As he commented, "he's a good example of someone who you meet, who you think you are going to hate and then you get to hate him. You meet him and he lives up to every one of your expectations."

On May 8, the "All That Matters" singer responded to Rogen's interview by tweeting, "Seth Rogan, sorry I didnt bow down when I asked 2 meet u. Was probably a bit shy and didn't want to be over the top but still. love ur movies." Bieber may love Rogen's movies, but apparently not enough to spell his name correctly.

Was Justin Bieber justified in lashing out against Patrick Carney? Did Carney deserve relatiation for his comments? Or was the sometime anti-bullying advocate being a hypocrite for telling his Twitter followers to "slap" the Black Keys drummer around? Are celebrities like Carney, Jon Stewart, and Seth Rogen justified in calling him out for bad behavior? Or have critics been too hard on Bieber lately?

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