*As the world mourned the death of Prince on Thursday, pop star Justin Bieber made a comment that was roundly roasted as massive shade against the icon’s legacy.
Bieber’s comment was in response to songwriter Andrew Watt’s heartfelt tribute to Prince on Instagram.
“Today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself…devastated…the last of the greatest living performers…my guitar idol,” Watt wrote Thursday alongside a photo of himself playing the guitar while wearing a Prince T-shirt. “His connection to ALL his instruments yielded a sexual transcending aura.”
This past Tuesday night before my show I was picking out an outfit…I was so tired from the past week of endless traveling and gigging that I grabbed my Prince shirt and said fuck it I’m gonna channel the purple one tonight…I didn’t shower after the gig out of pure exhaustion…I went to sleep in that shirt and then I wore it again all day yesterday…today waking up to this news I am truly beside myself…devastated…the last of the greatest living performers…my guitar idol…his connection to ALL his instruments yielded a sexual transcending aura and the world is just less fucking cool without him walking on it… “Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time But I’m here to tell you There’s something else… The after world” #RIPPRINCE
As Watt’s followers commented with their condolences, Bieber jumped in to take issue with his comment that Prince was “…the last of the greatest living performers.”
“Well not the last greatest living performer,” posted Bieber, 22.
Now was he referring to Prince’s music eventually being topped, referring to himself as one day topping Prince or quibbling with Watt’s word “living,” to describe Prince, since the legend is now deceased? In other words…
— Little Red Corvette (@JavaddZquad) April 22, 2016
Of course the comment has since been deleted, but the backlash was already on:
@justinbieber Prince broke glass ceilings, records, stereotypes, & is a legend. The only thing you’ve ever broken are laws. Talentless hack.
— Holly Jo (@texashollyjo) April 22, 2016
@PierreBalian Justin Bieber isn’t talented enough to clean up Prince’s shit. How dare that two bit hack compare his self to a Pop / Rock GOD
— Brandi M Parker (@sweetbrandigirl) April 22, 2016
@justinbieber Prince has more talent that you have in his pinky! I had forgotten about you til you made that idiotic comment about Pricnce!
— Carolyn Israel (@catisrael57) April 22, 2016
— ♋PluscuanPerfecto®♋ (@MarionetaDCartn) April 22, 2016
— Glenda (@411Mssip) April 22, 2016
— Paula Leigh (@prschfn) April 22, 2016
While other celebrities shared their love and sadness for Prince, Justin Bieber managed to make the situation about himself. Says a lot.
— barry (@pacsunbutera) April 21, 2016
[Justin Bieber writes in funeral guest book]
“RIP Prince, if he were alive 2day he wd have been a Belieber”
— dennis tennis (@pharmasean) April 22, 2016
Prince: 7 Grammys, 1 golden globe, 1 Academy Award. Hall Of Famer.
Justin Bieber: 1 Grammy
I’ll just leave this here.
— The Armenian Unicorn (@PierreBalian) April 21, 2016