Fight For Her? Or Not ?
by ladybugfrisbee on March 20, 2016 - 11:37pm
This article, written by Stuart Heritage for the Guardian, covers the minor fisticuffs that broke out between Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom at a restaurant in Spain. Bieber, who is rumored to have been close to Miranda Kerr when she was still married to Bloom, seemed to incite the scuffle by yelling “What’s up, bitch”. Bloom quickly responded to the provocation by throwing a punch at Bieber. The latter ducked it, fled the restaurant and posted on Instagram pictures of Miranda wearing a bikini and Bloom crying shortly after the fight. In the article, the author also presents people’s reaction regarding this incident, analyses the reasons of the fight and states his own opinions.
Saying in the headline that "Bloom and Bieber engaged in embarrassing fisticuffs over Miranda Kerr" and that "they’re actually fighting for their waning careers", the author makes his thesis crystal clear: this scuffle is totally not worthwhile and it is very pathetic that Bloom and Bieber need to resort to juicy gossip news to get people’s attention (Heritage). From the author’s perspective, even though Bieber acts like a "brat" in this incident and most people are inclined to support Bloom, nobody actually wins the fight since both of them have a reason to fight, Bloom for his dignity and Bieber for his masculinity (Heritage).
Even though the author considers this minor fisticuff worthless, he still assumes that it is normal for men to fight over woman. He is not surprised at all when presenting this incident that involves abusive language and violent conduct. Instead of criticizing this kind of behavior, which could be imitated by young teenagers that are fans of Bloom or Bieber, he neglects its negative impact by simply describing it as “crystalline obnoxiousness” and “gold-plated villainy” (Heritage). The author even gives examples of influential celebrities supporting Bloom, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who is rumored to "cheer Bloom on from his table inside the restaurant", to show that men need to and are encouraged to fight with their rivals and that they will gain other men’s support and respect after doing so (Heritage). In this particular case, Bloom’s masculinity was jeopardized and challenged by the fact that Bieber was able to have a close relationship with his then-wife Miranda. To some extent, it may imply that he lacks sexual prowess, attractiveness and power to handle a normal conjugal relationship. Saying that "Bloom is fighting for nothing less than his dignity", the author justifies the use of violence for Bloom and assumes that violence is the only mean for a man to defend himself and restore his manhood (Heritage).
The author’s assumptions definitely reflect a destructive form of masculinity. Men’s fighting over women is not normal at all since it totally neglects women’s opinion. By considering women as objects that could be gained through the use of violence, men will never view women as respectable human beings and will behave more and more self-centeredly in both society and family life, which may eventually lead not only to a more significant frequency of domestic abuse, but also to a more ruthless society. As explained in Tough Guise 2, hegemonic masculinity encourages men to adopt violence in order to achieve respect and prove manhood. The author in this article also believes that a real man should behave this way. However, this form of masculinity represents an extremely unhealthy one. It not only encourages bullying in school, but also favors the behavior of pushing down others in order to get to a higher level and feel superior. Most importantly, it marginalizes and even excludes men that are not able to do so due to some physical limitations.
Heritage, Stuart. “Orlando Bloom v Justin Bieber: history’s most pathetic celebrity scuffle.” The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited, 1 Aug. 2014. Web. 18 Mar. 2016
Tough Guise 2.0: Violence, Manhood & American Culture. Dir. Jeremy Earp. Perf. Jackson Katz. Media Education Foundation Production, 2013. DVD.