Justin Bieber's Arrest Sparks Twitter Explosion

Justin Bieber's Arrest Sparks Twitter Explosion

“Baby” singer's legal troubles generate more than 4 million tweets in 24 hours

Justin Bieber‘s arrest for DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach, Fla., earlier this week was bad news for the “Baby” singer — but it certainly made for robust business on Twitter.

News of Bieber's arrest caused a Twitter explosion, according to data provided by TLL. Which may not be surprising — but the extent to which news of Bieber's arrest dominated the Twitterverse is rather jarring.

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According to Timeline Labs, in the 24 hour timeframe running from 4 a.m. ET on Thursday — when news of Bieber's arrest first broke — to 4 a.m. ET on Friday, Bieber's legal scrape generated 4,288,580 tweets.

The Bieber arrest also dominated the Top 10 hashtags for the time period, with sentiment divided along pro-Bieber and anti-Bieber lines. #WeWillAlwaysSupportYouJustin topped the hashtag list, with 596,783 uses, followed by #FreeBieber, which had 138,304 mentions.

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On the anti-Bieber side of things, #DeportBieber was third on the list with 86,842 mentions, and #MonstersSupportBeliebers — a reference to Bieber's fanbase — was fourth with 43,214 mentions during the 24-hour time period.

Of the biggest Bieber tweets in that 24-hour time period, “Pineapple Express” star Seth Rogen found himself at the top of the heap with the sentiment, “All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of shit. ”

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“Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki also found himself among the top tweets with the humorous observation, “Just saw the mugshot of @justinbieber. I gotta admit, she's kinda hot without all of her usual makeup on…”

Bieber, 19, was released after posting a $2,500 bond. The singer fired up his Twitter account on Friday to thank his fans, writing, “YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS.  BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL. MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE, I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL.”

As of this writing, that post has received 315,475 retweets.

  • dee

    I'm not a Justin Bieber fan or a hater but if advertising this kind of personal hatred sounds like bullying and abuse then there's a moral responsibility not being adhered to here. Just because no one said it as it was when he was a minor, he's still fair game now ?
    Bullying and abuse is wrong when it happens to you or people or children you have or know, but Bieber is fair game ?
    There's something seriously wrong with the species.

    • Ash

      What if he killed someone while driving drunk eh ever thought of that one you fuking idiot its not about being a fan or not its the point hes getting across, he has shown millions of kids that its fine to drink and drive

      • dee

        Fucking idiot?
        I was stating that from my point of view regarding whether I'm a fan or not for not being in support of the continual negative press given to him now and when he was younger.
        Yes I agree it would have been extremely bad if he had killed someone, but he didn't did he? Which means the presses time covering it could maybe have been spent cover the death of someone who did die due to a D.U.I maybe.

        • dee

          And regarding what you wrote stating that “it's the point he's getting across”
          Let me ask you something, do you know him? did he tell you that? or did you get that from somewhere else?

  • jg

    how many times did Sinatra get in trouble and we still honor him

  • who's BLIBER

    Gee Dee, I would never think you were a Bieber fan, hell no, not you,,,,,ya, right

  • who's BLIBER

    justin beiber is just a young PUNK kid who does not know how to handle fame and fortune, and to smile for a MUG shot is really slaping the justice system in America in the face. If she wants to act like that and do the things he is doing, go BACK to your own country and do it. Since you dont RESPECT the U.S.A. then ,GET THE HELL OUT OF IT.

    • bobby bobby

      I agree that beiber needs to stop getting in so much trouble but come on the smile in the mug shot is hilarious lol

      Hey he's a teenager who can do anything he wants, 90% of the population his age would be getting into trouble if they had his freedom. Most teenagers don't think about consequences and what not. that's why they call it growing up when you get older. You start to realize you can't be doing things like drag racing and driving when intoxicated etc. and It's not just because your parents are trying to ruin you're fun.