Justin Bieber made a return to the stage after a prolonger absence this past weekend, joining Ariana Grande on the final night of the Coachella Music Festival.
But was it a triumphant return?
Not even remotely, according to E!’s Nightly Pop co-host Morgan Stewart.
After tearing into Bieber's physical appearance, most notably his facial outbreak, Stewart said the following on air this week, a couple days after Bieber's unexpected Coachella set:
“I did not realize it was going to be that bad. He definitely looks like he put an Oxy pad on that forehead, but I don’t care. That is f-cked up!”
Ummm... excuse you, Morgan Stewart?!?
Just imagine for one second if a male television personality said such a thing about how a female singer looked. Imagine the deserved outrage that would follow!
In this case, thankfully, Bieber didn't let the harsh critique pass without chiming in on Twitter a number of times.
“@Morgan_Stewart just saw a video of you ripping me to shreds saying I was lip-syncing. They played the song and i just sang overtop of it,” Bieber first explained in his message, defending the performance itself.
He then wondered aggressively why Stewart went ahead and got so personal:
“regardless why spend your time tearing people down. It’s people like you that are bullies at school that are making kids suicidal."
A bit too much? Perhaps.
But let's remember: Bieber is going through some mental health issues himself here. He's speaking from experience.
Bieber wasn't finished with Stewart, either.
He added via Twitter:
@Morgan_Stewart imagine if you spent even half the time you spend laughing at other peoples expense actually building people up and encouraging people how much positivity you could bring. What hurts about this is the fact that you have a platform to make a difference.
And rather than being positive you belittle people. Think about how awesome it felt for me to be on that stage after being away for so long the excitement and joy it gave me doing the thing i love the most, i sang to to backtrack like most cameos do this is a normal thing.
Justin is clearly taking this subject seriously.
Last week, he went after another cable network host for comments he deemed to be racist.
In this case, meanwhile, Bieber has the backing of his fellow artist and Coachella performer, Grande.
She joined in his attack if not just Stewart, but bloggers as well for some reason.
Wrote the beloved pop star on Wednesday, prior to deleting the Tweet:
people are so lost. one day everybody that works at all them blogs will realize how unfulfilled they are and purposeless what they’re doing is and hopefully shift their focus elsewhere.
that’s gonna be a beautiful ass day for them! i can’t wait for them to feel lit inside.
Elsewhere, in the comments section of Bieber's Twitter feed, Grande offered up a valid reason for why the performance of "Sorry" was not exactly up to par, writing:
"we also decided to do this ten minutes before my set started. we had 0 soundcheck, 0 rehearsal. u were singing with the back tracking like most cameos do. people are bored.
"people don’t know how it feels to be under such scrutiny. the world was happy to have u on stage again."
Makes sense to us.
We'll never be mistaken for Justin Bieber apologists, either, but it does seem like the guy has been going through a bunch of stuff and it's just downright mean to mock someone's acne.
Seriously, Morgan Stewart.
Just be better, okay?