Drake Bell has been pretty vocal about his dislike of Justin Bieber, but at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, the former Nickelodeon star told Celebuzz that he has "nothing against" the pop star. That's despite the fact that Bell has been publicly attacking Bieber for the last two years, most recently in an Instagram video filmed with Aaron Carter.
Framed as a "feud" by the press, a closer look reveals the rift to be a one-sided fight started by Bell in 2012, which Bieber has only once responded to.
It all started when the 27-year-old "Drake & Josh" alum's Twitter account was allegedly hacked and insulting messages were sent from it about Katy Perry. Bell later tweeted an apology:
He then followed this up with an unprovoked attack on the Biebs' guitar skills — which, of course, got Beliebers irate.
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
I used to worry about being a good role model and not using profanity in my media but obviously if this is how bieber fans act.... — Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 24, 2012
Soon after, Bieber himself took to Twitter for his one and only response to Bell:
Drake and Josh was my favorite show as a kid. really.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 24, 2012
(When Justin Bieber comes across as the more gracious member of your "feud," maybe you should rethink a few things.)
Bell was not disarmed for long. He reignited the Beliebers' ire in May 2013 by comparing their idol to Vanilla Ice:
He also likened the musician to Marky Mark, mocked his height, and accused Bieber of wearing makeup:
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) March 30, 2013
Justin Bieber is 5'6" now I understand why you guys love him!! He's the same height as all you 12 year olds! I totally get it now sorry guys — Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) April 7, 2013
How does Justin get his lips so shiny? pic.twitter.com/crelaYkS7T
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) April 7, 2013
When Bieber's fans responded in kind, Bell called them "awful people." He then proceeded to tweet, “I’ve never come across an unbelligerant Belieber."
He has attempted to frame his problem with Bieber as a problem primarily with Beliebers. In an interview with BuzzFeed on April 1, Bell called out Bieber for not taking responsibility for his "out of control" fans.
"Justin Bieber just tweets, ‘Yeah, Beliebers, go hard’ when they’re attacking somebody,'" Bell said, adding that "artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don't come out and say, ‘I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn't be acting this way.' They just eat it all up, and I think it's repulsive."
At Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, Bell told Celebuzz he didn't take issue with Bieber's work itself, despite saying he wasn't "a fan" of the "Boyfriend" singer's music.
“[There’s] no jealousy or anything. He’s a pop singer, I’m a rock and roll musician,” said Bell, who filed for bankruptcy in February. He added: "There’s no bone to pick there with artistry."
But back in January, Bell took direct aim at Bieber's music in the wake of the Juno winner's graffiti controversy:
When is someone going to tell this idiot he can't draw.His art is almost as bad as his music. Talentless artless pic.twitter.com/N3xiPFfQNz
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) January 16, 2014
Also in January, Bell joined a number of people petitioning the White House to oust Bieber from the United States:
Maybe Bieber should leave the U.S. after all — at least then he could get away from Bell.