By now everyone should know that when you mess with the bull that is the Justin Bieber fan base, you will get the horns.
So surely it came as no surprise that when former Nickelodeon actor and singer Drake Bell dissed the 18-year-old pop singer, he received swift backlash.
It all started on July 2 when Bell tweeted to Katy Perry that it was "ridiculous" for artists who have been around for five years to release biographical films, Zimbio reported. Bell was, of course, referring to Perry's "Part of Me" which hit theaters on July 5.
The former "Drake and Josh" actor later attempted to put the issue to rest on July 3 by claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked, but not before tweeting. "I wouldn't randomly bash @katyperry....bieber however lol." Bieber released his autobiographical film, "Never Say Never," last February.
That is when the floodgates opened.
For the past three weeks, Bell has been bombarded with tweets from angry "Beliebers."
At first Bieber fans said things like "I hope you know bashing Justin aint gonna get you nowhere" and "like it or not Bieber is more successful than you and hes just 18."
Some were even funny:
@DrakeBell when will you actually realize that Justin's hair costs more than your house? burned.— Sliggity ▲ (@ItsBiebmazing) July 16, 2012
When Bell began provoking them -- i.e. offering Bieber guitar lessons -- things got even more heated.
One crazed fan tweeted Bell a photo of a very large kitchen knife, while another suggested they do something more violent:
The former Nickelodeon star responded to the vitriolic messages:
I haven't listened to much Justin Bieber but his songs must be full of hate and rage because that's what his believers are filled with..— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 23, 2012
Bieber tried to smooth things over by tweeting to his 25 million followers:
Drake and Josh was my favorite show as a kid. really.— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 24, 2012
Beliebers have been known to do some crazy things, some really crazy things.
When Bieber posted a photo of him and Kim Kardashian back in 2010, calling her his "girlfriend," Beliebers wanted her dead. In 2011, Sipse reported that a teenager wanted to auction her virginity for tickets to a Bieber concert. And a few weeks ago Bieber was sued for $9.23 million, TMZ reported, because his fans were screaming too loud.
In June, The New York Times quoted Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, as saying that "over 4 percent of Twitter’s servers" are devoted to traffic generated by the teenage singer and his fans.