Note to Reader: This blog post has been put “under review” as we have had growing pains in developing the technology we use to identify twins, replicas and zombies. The eyes behind the technology are getting better, so as you read this piece note that if you are troubled by its conclusions that we will be looking at it in more depth and with better eyes. For the time being, it is speculation.
I am reminded of a scene from The Truman Show where Truman, walking down the street, is almost hit by a lamp falling from the sky. He has no idea at that moment what this piece of evidence means, no notion that he is the star of a reality TV show. He will only slowly piece it together.
That is all we are doing on this blog at this time – trying to understand evidence as it falls from the sky.
This has been going on now for several days. I have passed photos among the other writers, and I do not imagine we have agreement. However, I am simply tired out. I can Bieber no more.
I think there are four Justin Biebers. Perhaps only three. But if I could get Bieber 1 and Bieber 4 to line up, I would say only three. But they differ by ever so little, and consistently so. In the end, I had no choice but to call them different people. It was either that or continue to study them. They appear to be handsome and are probably nice young men, publicity stunts aside, but I can only look at them so long before I need a vacation.
Before you scoff at the notion of quadruplets, remember the direction we have been going on this blog now for some weeks. We have run into not only twins, but replicas. We have begun to suspect that there is a breeding program that produces our movie and music stars. We have seen them bleed into the news business, and probably politics as well, though that has not been our focus.
I knew way back last August that the Biebers loomed large, that they would be a complicated project. Straight suggested they were at least triplets back then. I knew it would be a nightmare, and it has been. So let’s dig into it.
One on top of the other, four each of Biebers 1,2, 3 and 4:
The most common Bieber I picked up in photographs was Bieber 2. And yet, I do not think he is the performer. That appears to be Biebers 1 and 4. One of them, Bieber 4, is buff, tattooed and sculpted, the one most often seen shirtless. Biebers 2 and 3 may be around for photo ops and interviews. I am picking up gay vibes from Bieber 1, but who knows. Maybe they are all, like many Hollywood stars, sexually impotent.
I randomly chose one each from the above groups to match against the others. The first three are B1B2, B1B3 and B1B4.
You can see the very slight difference that I found on B1 and B4, but it was persistent and consistent. One suggestion is that I caught them at different ages, as these boys have grown up before us. I will accept that as logical, but also note that there is internal consistency in the B1 and B4 groups, and both contain the younger and older boys.
Here are B2B3, B2B4, and B3B4:
I invite criticism and suggestions here, and outside input. Straight and Daddieuhoh have been invaluable, and will surely chime in as well, as they have formed their own opinions.
Finally, for comparison, here is one from each group side by side:
I am adding Justin Bieber to the Honor Roll of Twins, but think I should do it six times to capture each pairing of the four boys.
[Footnote, 10/31/16] It appears, and makes far more sense after hashing through the comments below, that with the Biebers we are dealing with a set of twins and two body doubles. The twins would be B1 and B4, and these would be the ones seen in and around performances. It is not clear to me that one or both are on stage during a show, or that they are lip syncing. If not, they are far more talented than given credit for, as it takes a lot of energy to sing while engaged in such energetic theatrics. The other two, recruited early on, are used for photo ops, B2 far more than B3, who might just be an occasional paparazzi subject.