Drake Bell told Yahoo! about Justin Bieber feud: ‘I was scrolling through my Twitter feed one day, and somebody had tweeted me a picture of Justin Bieber that had been Photoshopped with makeup or something.
And I thought it was funny and so I hit retweet, I just retweeted a tweet, and all of a sudden, the remarks were coming in. My fans are all pretty cool, you know; I’ve never really seen anybody fighting on Twitter, no death threats, no harsh language, no gay slurs, nothing like that. But when I hit retweet on this tweet, the floodgates were open: death threats, slurs.
And I’m assuming they’re all his fans, so they’ve gotta be, what? Twelve years old? Ten years old? So it’s like, ‘My God, where are your parents?’ So I started kind of just retweeting some of the ones that were really harsh and saying, ‘Hey guys, this is not how we should talk.”
Speaking about a ‘Cut for Bieber’ Twitter trend (which was later revealed to be a hoax), in which fans were tweeting photos of what appeared to be girls carving Justin’s name into their arms to protest his drug use, Drake has issues with the fact that Justin never spoke up.
‘I’m like, man.. silence. Silence. Wouldn’t you [if you were Justin] come out and be like, ‘Hey guys, I made a mistake, but this is not how to handle it’? Make a self-harm campaign? Do something? But he’s very irresponsible, in my opinion, as far as his fans go.
You know, we didn’t get into this business to be role models. We got into it to express ourselves artistically. But it comes with the territory. I’ve been in this business for a long time, I’ve been doing this for 22 years, and I’ve always had a young fanbase.
And they’ve been able to grow with me. I think someone with like Justin, it’s so quick for him that he maybe hasn’t seen what I’ve seen. I mean, I’m very close with my fans. I’m very involved with my fans, so I’ve seen the influence that I can have on a child or on the mind of somebody.
And I’m fanatical with the people that I look up to. So I know that if I ask someone for an autograph and they go, ‘Hey, don’t bother me,’ how crushing that is to me. So yeah, I just think that we didn’t get into it to be role models, but there definitely is a responsibility we need to take… We’re going to be human and we are going to make mistakes, but you really should understand the power that you have and embrace it in a positive way.’