Justin Bieber: 18 In Just A Few Hundred Days
By Steven Avalos Posted Jun 30th 2010 11:00AM
Justin Bieber's 18th birthday. Listen, we know it's creepy, but there genuinely are folks interested in knowing when their favorite underage stars crossover into adulthood. Britney, Taylor Lautner, the Olsen twins -- it seems the countdown to 18 is a regular right of passage that comes with teen fame. Now, Bieber is the latest to get the old perv-watch treatment with the new website Countdown Til Justin Bieber Turns 18 (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?). We caught up with creator Chris Gayomali and asked him a few questions as investigative blog journalists (and concerned citizens).
First things first, how did you come up with the idea?
I was on GoDaddy typing in domains for a new web project I was starting up with some friends. I eventually started typing in any name I could think of, and couldn't believe that the Bieber domain was available. I'm a broke freelancer, but I snatched it up right away figuring it'd be a good business investment. It sure beats bussing tables.
What kind of response have you received so far? Is the Bieberverse on board or sending you hate mail?
A few of my friends said the idea was savvy. Everyone else thought I was an idiot. I tried #bieberblasting the thing on Twitter, but I don't think hardcore Bieber fans really understand what it's for because they're all younger than him. I'm just waiting 'til I get death threats like Kim Kardashian. Then I'll know I made it.
Is this the first site you've created? Any Miley Cyrus/Sprouse Twins countdowns in the pipeline?
This is the first site I've made like this. I have [created] a few blogs before, but no one wants to actually read anything. This site got approved for Google ads within 15 minutes of me applying. I thought the process would take longer, but I guess Google saw the potential. It probably gave their approval guys a laugh. I think Miley already has a countdown, but her window is closing. With the Biebs, I have almost two-years to turn a profit.
We noticed you have a PayPal "donate" link embedded on the site -- avoiding specifics, have you made any money off of the site? Who even donates to a cause like that?
For the Paypal site, I'm just hoping some wealthy benefactor with too much time on her hands and an appreciation for Internet memes has enough pity on me to make an absurd donation. Just one. Haven't really made money off the site yet, but anything above breaking even will be considered a victory.
Any last thoughts on Bieber? At what point does ironic admiration turn into the real deal?
Most of the things I like in life start off as a joke ... and then you reach that "oh crap" moment where the love becomes real. Journey. Gucci Mane. 'Glee.' The same thing happened with Justin Bieber. But, I'm a 25-year-old straight male, so this one is way harder to play off with any real sense of dignity.
Justin Bieber performs at Sun National Bank Center on June 24, 2010 in Trenton, New Jersey.
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