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Has Justin Bieber Read My Book?

Read it? He’s practically used it as the blueprint for his entire career! Let’s examine just one example: The 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony.

At one point in The Challengers, a young girl with a questionable hairstyle is plucked from obscurity and thrust into the international spotlight. On stage, in front of a huge crowd of adoring fans, she is suddenly attacked by ninjas!

Tomoko fights ninjas

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In Justin Bieber’s career, a young boy with a questionable hairstyle has been plucked from obscurity and thrust into the international spotlight. On stage, in front of a huge crowd of adoring fans, he is suddenly attacked by ninjas!

Ninjas!

Aieee! Ninjas!

The difference is that my character, Tomoko Tomizawa, has judo skills sufficient to defeat her attackers. Lacking that, Justin Bieber had to dodge the ninjas using only slick dance moves and pyrotechnics until Usher could come to his defense. A well-choreographed duet with Usher apparently has ninja-repelling effects. Who knew?

Justin Bieber and Usher

Power Duet!

But Justin, using Galaxy Games: The Challengers as his guidebook, knew that Usher wouldn’t be able to close the deal. For that he’d need a young martial arts champion on his side to scare his attackers away for good. And Tomoko, being fictional, was unavailable.

Enter Jaden Smith, a.k.a. “The Karate Kid.” Jaden’s father played Muhammad Ali in one movie and has been known to punch zombies, aliens, and robots right in the face in others. The ninjas took one look at Jaden and said, “It’s Fresh Prince Junior! And he’s been trained by Jackie Chan! Let’s get out of here!”

Justin Bieber and the Karate Kid

You don't mess with the Karate Kid.

Later in my book, Tomoko Tomizawa loses a Best New Artist award to Esperanza Spalding. It’s almost like she and Justin Bieber are the same person!

February 2018
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