Added by Monique Robinson on May 4, 2011
A video gone viral of school boy Casey Heynes standing up to his bully inspired Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to get to know the Australian Year 10 pupil.
Casey became somewhat of an overnight celebrity after a clip filmed on a mobile phone showing him body-slamming his tormentor went viral. Bieber, who was one of the millions of people viewing the clip, told A Current Affair: “It [the video] shows everybody else that you have to stand up for yourself and you can’t just take it.
In response, Bieber, who is in the middle of his tour of Australia, invited Casey, a 16-year-old Sydney schoolboy, to his Melbourne concert at the Rod Laver Arena, where he invited Casey on stage and told his audience “He shows other people to stand up for what they believe in.”
“I’m proud of you — and so many other people are,” Bieber reportedly told Casey.
Bieber also described Casey as a “hero” to his more than nine million Twitter followers.
“This is highly unusual. You just don’t see celebrities giving this kind of treatment to a regular kind of fan any day,” Woman‘s Day editor Fiona Connolly told A Current Affair after being approached by Bieber about getting in touch with Casey.
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