That Justin Bieber fella sure is leaving a trail of stink on his world tour.
First, he puked on stage, twice, during his opening show in Phoenix. Days later, he pulled a rancid publicity stunt after his Tacoma Dome concert that left the whole city retching.
(We mean the stunt caused the retching. Or maybe it was the concert. Whatever.)
In short order, Bieber went from overachiever, to heaver, to deceiver.
For those of you who retreated to a cave this month to escape Bieber Fever and/or all the political ads, let’s quickly catch you up.
The teen pop star claimed via Twitter that his camera, laptop and pictures were swiped from his dressing room during his Oct. 9 performance here.
Really sucks, he tweeted. Lame. No respect. These and other things he said in Twitterspeak.
Never mind that he lamely and disrespectfully stoked the dying embers of a wearisome stereotype – Tacoma as criminal wasteland.
Even The Associated Press bit on it.
“Justin Bieber goes to Tacoma and has his stuff stolen. Puget Sound residents nod in understanding,” tweeted AP writer Mike Baker.
More J-Biebs: Next, Bieber whipped up a phony Twitter confrontation with the alleged thief. Then came a climactic announcement to his bazillion followers, which turned out to be a promotion for a new music video.
In the end, the veracity of the theft was left in doubt. Security footage shows no trespassers in The Biebernator’s dressing room.
Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum summed it up this way: “A lot of people got played.”
That’s a fact. But what we’d really like the law-and-order honchos to say is that they’re bringing JB to justice for filing a false police report.
With potential additional charges for tying up traffic, breaking our daughters’ hearts and insulting our city.
Lock him up like he was locked up when he played a boy serial bomber in episodes of “CSI: Las Vegas.” But for real this time.
Everyone chant along with us: “Arrest Bieber.”
It has a galvanizing, heart-stirring effect along the lines of “Free Mandela.”
And it’s just the kind of high-exposure show trial that Prosecutor Mark Lindquist could really sink his teeth into.
Start the T-shirt orders now.
One flag, lots of wind: People and emotions were flying high in the Place Without a University. The masses turned out Monday to watch the merciful ending to the City Council’s embarrassing (their words, not ours) flap over where to put a flagpole.
The room emptied after the vote. The city’s major business was done for the night.
Everything, that is, except for a small vote to keep UP out of bankruptcy.
But after the emotional high over the red, white and blue, who wants to stick around for the lowdown on ink that’s just plain red?
In case you’re scoring at home – flagpole: $20,000, tops; Town Center debt payment that needs to be refinanced: $12.4 million.
The council says it’s taking care of both. UP’ers better hope so.
Because an American flag billowing in the breeze looks much nicer than a foreclosure notice.
Promise or threat?: Marilyn McKenna pledges that she and husband Rob will reprise their Gangnam-style dance number. The couple became a minor YouTube sensation when they joined a Korean dance group at a recent ethnic festival.
But the first-lady-in-waiting is putting one condition on the encore: It would be done at the Inaugural Ball should her husband win his campaign for governor.
Is that incentive to vote for Rob McKenna or against him?
For the mortified McKenna children, maybe the latter.
Lights out: Snores Truly noticed this week that the first “S” on the Tacoma Self Storage neon sign is already dark. (C’mon, gang, it’s not even Halloween yet!)
Then we noticed other spotty outages nearby. The big sign along I-5 southbound reads oma Dome. Across the freeway, the restaurant on the hill is now Stanley and S aforts.
With Tacoma Power rate hikes brewing, guess you gotta save money where you can.
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