Pop prince Justin Bieber is in concert tonight at BankAtlantic Center, and I won't be there! Which is notable only because I have a 12 year old daughter --- who does not like Justin Bieber.
You read that right. We've been to several concerts together, she loves music, but has no interest in the Biebster.
Why would this chart-topper miss his mark with this small part of his target audience? I didn't quite get it, so I asked her what music she likes.
"I like the Beatles, U2 and Bruce." Who else? "Miley, Demi and Serena."
So you can see what's at work here: She likes the music her dad pumps into her head during their commute to school. And what Disney serves up on a continuous loop.
But what about the heartthrob factor? "I know of only one girl who likes him." Interesting.
Maybe it's because Erika still has puppy posters, but surely there's a pop star out there worthy of her bedroom wall. "Well, Zac Efron, but he doesn't count." (See, he's a movie star, not a pop star.)
I'm liking where this conversation is going. I'm appreciating her discerning taste. The fact that (Disney aside), the monster media hasn't gobbled her soul whole. That Justin Bieber doesn't have a hold on her.
But then there's this: "He has cool hair."
(Check out what my colleague Adam Eisenberg did with that 'do in our Justin Bieber photo gallery.)
Photo: Joshua C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel