(LOS ANGELES) — Justin Bieber is “keeping is positive” in the wake of the “Loser Keeps Bieber” hockey rivalry jokes.
First the 19-year-old pop star faced a White House petition to deport him, and then he wound up embroiled in a furious international sports rivalry between the United States and Canada.
So what’s a bad boy to do when he finds himself the butt of a series of jokes and jibes? Take to Twitter of course.
Bieber posted a tweet to his near 50 million followers on Friday voicing his mind on the most recent “Loser Keeps Bieber” incident: “I guess I’m an easy target for some. I’m still human. I will continue to meet hate with love. It’s all about the music. Much love.”
It all began last week in the lead-up to the Olympic hockey battles between the U.S. and Canada, amid bets between fans, commentators, and even world leaders over which rival neighbor would win.
One Chicago-area company, Command Transportation, took it further by erecting an electronic sign along a major expressway with the words “Loser Keeps Bieber,” threatening the losing country with having to keep the Canadian-born pop star, who currently lives in the U.S.
The sign showed Bieber between pictures of Chicago Blackhawks hockey players Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, who played for the U.S. and Canada respectively at Sochi.
But it didn’t end there. A new sign put up by Command Transportation after the U.S. lost to Canada in Friday’s men’s hockey semifinal appealed for a “best 3 out of 5.”
At least the star, who turns 20 next week, is trying to keep a brave face. “Keeping it positive always,” Bieber tweeted early Saturday morning.
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