Drake Bell Blasts Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga for Being “Terrible” Role Models for Fans

By: Gabrielle Chung / April 2, 2014

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Drake Bell has a bone to pick with some of Hollywood’s most famous A-listers.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, the former child star blasted the likes of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga setting “gross” and “terrible” examples for fans.

“I can’t stand that, with a lot of the pop stars, there’s this idea of Are you in our clique? Are you a Direction-er or are you a Belieber? Oh, you’re not in our gang? Then you’re not cool and you need to go in a hole and die,” Bell said. “I don’t understand it. And what’s worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don’t come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn’t be acting this way.’ They just eat it all up, and I think it’s repulsive.”

According to the Drake & Josh actor, Bieber and Gaga should instead use their celebrity status to stop the hate.

“If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, ‘This isn’t how we do it,’” the actor explained. “Lady Gaga, who says she’s so anti-bullying, was on [Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show] and Howard read all of these awful, awful tweets her fans had been sending him, [and] asked how she responded to her fans doing the exact antithesis of what she stands for. She said, ‘You have to understand, Howard, it comes from a place of love. They don’t want to see me get hurt.’ I couldn’t believe she didn’t take a second to address her fans and say how disgusted she was they’d do something like that. But none of them do that.”

“Artists like Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga have more sway over popular minds than a politician. They could get on a pedestal and say, ‘This is how you should treat people,’ but instead [Bieber’s] going around telling kids that as long as you have enough money and swag, you can do whatever you want,” he continued. “Instead of working to change the world, [he’s saying,] Work to get as much money and power as possible because then you can do whatever you want and no one can say anything to you. I just think that’s a gross, awful, terrible message.”

And even Bell’s fellow Nickelodeon stars aren’t safe. The actor also blasted Sam & Cat actress Ariana Grande in the one-on-one, telling the website that she hasn’t worked very hard to get to where she is now.

There’s just a lot of really young, entitled people,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of these young people have to work very hard. They’re found on YouTube and, boom, thrown into the studio so they think they can get anything they want. Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she’s been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have, and what work did she ever have to do in her life?”

“Ariana Grande’s fans told Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it. It’s disgusting.”