I fully agree that free speech means Justin Bieber can sing where he wants, have whomever he wants market him, show up on any channel willing to air him and any computer screen that doesn’t break from the screaling teens who sit and drool over this young man.
However, I also think if someone is ingenious enough to figure out how to block something he/she does not want to see, then good on them. This is exactly what Greg Leuch has done. His Bieber blocker dubbed Shaved Bieber may be a Godsend to many, but it is also now sparking death threats to the young programmer.
But after Leuch posted the application to a free technology website, word started to get around, and the backlash began. He started getting hate mail from around the world, sent by angry fans of the teen idol from Stratford, Ont.
“I hate you because you invented Shaved Bieber. Justin Bieber is the best,” one wrote.
Another even threatened Leuch’s life: “I know many things about you and I know where you live. Just be aware I might appear behind you and shoot you with a gun.”
Another compared him to Hitler: “What you’re doing is going back to World War II all over again. Hitler wanted to erase Jews from society, you want to erase justin Drew Bieber.”
Leuch is taking it all in stride, and said he is more bemused than worried. He offered a light-hearted response to the backlash:
“Oops,” he said. “Umm, I mean I really did not expect all this fan backlash, so oops.”
Comparing the Bieberblocker to Hitler might be a little OfficiallyScrewed.
Now to find out if I can find a similar program to block Apple I-product commercials!!!