Patrick Carney Is Still Pissed At Justin Bieber

In case you don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of Very Important Music Beefs, let’s first set the stage. Last year, after the Black Keys won four Grammys for El Camino, a TMZ reporter asked drummer Patrick Carney if he was upset that fellow indie musician Justin Bieber wasn’t up for any awards. Spoketh Carney: “He’s rich, right? I mean, I don’t know. Grammys are, like, for music, not for money, and he’s making a lot of money. I don’t know — he should be happy, I guess.” Thus began the Great Black Keys-Belieber War Of 2013: the next day, Bieber tweeted “the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha” and of course it only escalated from there. As Beliebers retaliated with some mean words, Carney fired back by changing his Twitter name to Justin Bieber and promising a “new world premiere” of a Bieber song. And as with most things on Twitter, all was quickly forgotten and time moved on.

But, alas, war is never truly over. In an interview in this month’s Rolling Stone, Carney fans the flames once again: “Justin Bieber, like a fucking irresponsible asshole, sicced 40 million Twitter followers on me because I paid him a compliment he didn’t understand,” Carney said. “I’m saying that he should be grateful that he has a fucking career in music. And he shouldn’t be fucking telling his followers to slap me, and then also be doing anti-bullying bullshit. It’s so irresponsible. I just started getting called a faggot, you know? All these kids who don’t know what they’re saying are saying all of these things that are actually wildly inappropriate. And these kids are just dumbasses.”

To prove that he is better than all these young “dumbasses,” Carney continues: “I mean, Justin Bieber is a fucking moron. And that’s the gist of what I was saying. And then he goes and says I should be slapped? Honestly, I feel bad for him. Every single person who works with him should fucking be embarrassed that they don’t … No one is doing him any favors, you know? And honestly, I don’t dislike his music. I don’t listen to his music, but he needs to not conduct himself that way. Like, really, you make millions of dollars playing music, you should feel fucking lucky.”

“If you’re a 34-year-old fucking loser like me, and you go on Justin Bieber’s Twitter account like a total pervert every time that he gets in trouble, you should look at his tweets the next day. It’s always like, ’I love you guys so much, always believe, never stop believing.’ He’s feeding them the Kool-Aid more and more,” he says. “He pours it on heavy, though. It’s so manipulative! And whoever taught him that that was OK, whoever’s watching him and is like ’that manipulation is acceptable,’ should be really ashamed of themselves.”

What will happen next? Keep an eye on Carney’s Twitter and maybe even Bieber’s too. How will the Beliebers respond? Has someone made a wiki yet to keep track of all of this?

In other news, the Black Keys have a new album coming out next week, which almost certainly has nothing to do with dredging this up again.

[Photo of Carney by Kevork Djansezian/Getty.]

Comments (28)
  1. Darien Campbell  |   Posted on May 9th, 2014 -12

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  2. The heart-of-American-darkness in me does genuinely like a good beef. It’s fun and voyeuristic in a base sense and I’m sorry.

    This on the other hand is weird and fussy and I don’t get what this guy’s even talking about. Just say “I don’t like that dude” so I can eat my popcorn and get back to work.

  3. “In other news, the Black Keys have a new album coming out next week, which almost certainly has nothing to do with dredging this up again.”


  4. Man, fuck the Black Keys.

    • I’m all for calling people out when they act like douchebags (especially grown ass men), BUT… Carney’s trash talking Justin Bieber. Justin Bieber! Anyone should be able to trash talk Justin Bieber whenever they want for whatever reason. OWWWOOOOOOOOOO!

  5. How dare this (sort of) non-popstar tell a popstar what to do!

  6. sounds like someone has an album comming out this month

  7. c’mon Stereogum, you’re better than this. Right? Right?

    • Sigh. This Beef column is usually fun to check out, if a bit trashy. But it’s this is just…does anyone care? (lots of clicks I guess?)

    • do u really think their better then a trashy, TMZ level, sensationalist piece under their “Beef” section? there was a time I subscribed to sites like stereogum and CoS, etc. bc they produced high caliber music articles focusing on up and coming or already well established “indie” or “alternative” acts. some of which even turned me on to bands I still listen to on a daily basis. that time has passed however and Stereogum is lowering its standards to become the indie TMZ.

      • ill stick to the “Diary” turns 20″ articles about relevant music that I grew up with. not the “beef” between the fucking DRUMMER OF THE BLACK KEYS and Justin beiber!?!? or Wayne Coyne fires his long time drummer over the governor of OK’s daughter posting a pic wearing a Native American headdress and them calling his long time friend and band member “an asshole” (Transmissions, Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles… will still play on from my turntable tho no matter how big Coynes head got and how recklessly he uses social media.)

    • I think this is a good time to establish that this site is not solely dedicated to talking about music critically, and it hasn’t been for like, ever? That’s why gossipy music news (and rants by certain commenters) tend to have the most page views/comments. Let’s not pretend that this site has been operating much differently for several years now. I’m not complaining about it, just clarifying (I actually think it’s fun to read these random music-related gossip pieces…sort of a nice break).

      On that note, here we are, commenting on this piece of gossip. And deep down, though we cannot explain or understand it, we know that it is all somehow related to 311.

  8. Hey, Carney? Wayne? Morrissey? Shut up, guys.

  9. Honestly I would love to have the old rich producers who make all of Bieber’s music take the stand and perform the music.

  10. I bet I was at least as much of a self-indulgent asshole as Beiber when I was his age. In fact, I definitely still am. Fuck Patrick Carney for picking an easy target. And fuck me also I guess.

  11. I don’t care about anyone involved in this story.

  12. Biebz tha Gawd stays winning

  13. Fuck Biber!

  14. Carney tried to fuck a friend of mine a month before his wedding, so maybe he should lighten up on the morality police routine

  15. Where’s the beef? ALL OVER THIS SITE, YO!

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