Every year online scholars and the riff of the Internet try to predict what will be the most memorable moment of the MTV VMAs. In 2015, the big money was either on Miley Cyrus doing something ridiculous and desperate, or a face-off between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. But of course, as these things usually go, the biggest part of the night wasn’t something that anyone could have predicted. And it was a tiny, seemingly innocuous thing – it was Justin Bieber’s hair.
In hindsight maybe viewers shouldn’t have been so mentally sideswiped by the Canadian heartthrob’s hair - he’s almost had more haircuts than hit singles at this point. But regardless of the facts, viewers were sent into a cascading existential collapse. How were they supposed to feel about Justin Bieber’s hair? How was anyone? The MTV Video Music Awards went on as planned, but no one cared about the possibly fake feud between Miley and Nicki Minaj. The only thing they cared about was the hair. Here’s how the Internet reacted to one of the most confusing fashion statements of the night.If you were watching the 2015 MTV VMAs live, then you were subjected to a lifetime of Justin Bieber’s hair choices condensed into two and a half hours. He proudly walked the red carpet with his new swoopy scene hair, blissfully ignorant of the fervor that was only beginning to rumble across Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. By his mid show performance he’d taken to wearing a baseball cap that was either an aesthetic choice based around the soft goth look of his stage design, or a last ditch effort to take the night’s focus away from his hair. But the Internet was louder than any baseball cap. If you somehow missed the excitement, here’s how the Internet reacted to Justin Bieber’s new haircut.