And 10 girls to the doctor!
We reported earlier that Justin Bieber was set to make his only appearance in Australia yesterday to perform an outdoor concert for his fans down under. Officials had wanted to move Justin inside for his performance, fearful of the tween crazy that was undoubtedly going to unfold. He refused, insisting on performing in front of his fans.
He should have listened to his elders.
Because his show was so rare, girls lined up and camped out overnight to see their favorite mop-head megastar. By the next morning, over 4,000 screaming fans had filled in at Circular Quay and that is when the trouble started.
Reports say that around 2 a.m., a rumor that Biebs had arrived early sent the girls over the edge and start pushing and crushing one another to get closer to the stage. Over 100 girls who had patiently waited to have their front row space had to be pulled out from the "distress." Over the next few hours, the chaos grew as girls were crushing and trampling their fellow Bieber lovers and ever broke down barricades. Ten girls even had to be treated by on-call paramedics!
The police were forced to cancel the concert, but that made things even worse. We imagine the scene played out a little like the running of the bulls, but angrier!
The only thing that could soothe the savage beasts was to allow Justin to sing one song from the safety of the studio. He belt out his hit Baby and then asked all his fans to go home.
Of course, this angered the kids further, as well as the parents, who explained they thought the whole thing was a "deliberate publicity stunt designed to exploit fans." Parents also place the blame on the organizers, for not doing more crowd control and for all around being poorly organized.
No, we think the fault lies with the erratic hormones of 4,000 tweens. There is only so much the police can do to contain Bieber Fever!
Next time, they should get The National Guard involved!
[Image via WENN.]