The Black Keys Have Fought Too Hard and Turned Into That Which They Hate Most

The war between the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and the world-at-large’s Justin Bieber began as many global shakedowns do: quietly. Carney quipped at Bieber’s Grammy snub, saying that “Grammys are for, like, music, not for money … and he’s making a lot of money.” Bieber responded that Carney should be “slapped around,” and Carney’s dark hoard of Twitter legions responded with frothing-at-the-mouth fury, to which Carney responded with quiet, solemn, deadpan humor. But as often happens in these situations, the trap you set for your enemy catches your own leg instead. Carney has delved too deep, fought too hard and now, in a moment of existential peril, his Twitter handle has become Justin Bieber himself: an unholy union between the Black Keys Grammy-winning rock and Bieber’s music. Bieber’s fans were not fooled by this false idol, and so great was their rage that fingers seemed to sieze up as they pounded out bloodthirsty tweets. For his part, Carney took it all in stride, clearly not afraid of the universe-warping angst he has tapped into. The curse seems to have lifted for now, but Carney’s still retweeting Bieber fans’ vows of vengeance

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