February 17, 2013


The Black Keys' Drummer Changes Name to Justin Bieber on Twitter

Imeh Akpanudosen
Imeh Akpanudosen

Patrick Carney, the drummer of The Black Keys, has transformed himself into Justin Bieber on Twitter. Yeah, you read that right: Yesterday Carney overhauled his entire Twitter profile, changing his name to "Justin Bieber" and his profile photo to one of The Biebs. Or more specifically: Changing his profile photo to one of The Biebs wearing Carney’s signature black glasses. 

In order 2 give u guys full swag I have changed my stage name to Justin Bieber.
Feb 16 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Don't forget to buy believeACOUSTIC, believeELECTRONIC, believeWORLDFLUTES, and BelieveHOMEVEGASCLUBEXPIERENCE I ❤ u guyz
Feb 17 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

This is the latest salvo in what's turning into one of music's most unexpected feuds. Here's a brief recap for anyone just tuning in now: The drama began after the Grammys, when a TMZ reporter asked Carney (who took home three Grammys) for his thoughts regarding Bieber's Grammy snub.

Carney responded: "He's rich, right?" Adding "Grammys are for music, not for money. He's making a lot of money. He should be happy, I guess."

Bieber quickly took to twitter to respond to Carney's off-the-cuff comment and posted: "The Black Keys drummer should be slapped around haha."

We could assume the "haha" made his entire response a lighthearted one, right? Well, Bieber's fans didn't take it that way, and they began pelting Carney with Twitter hate—which Carney has been gleefully retweeting.

And starting last night, instead of retweeting as himself, Carney began retweeting as Justin Bieber.

Honesty is gold ur swag is powerful. RT @iBieberTeamMTL: @patrickcarney i hope you get hit by a bus.. honestly..
Feb 17 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

What do you mean? i am justin now. do you underswag me? RT @waiyutakemyname: @patrickcarney You're taking this too far.
Feb 16 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

We're not sure how long Carney will keep up this prank, but the real Bieber, who is currently on a European tour, has yet to respond. We’ll keep you posted. 

In the meantime, read our collection of Carney's funniest Bieber tweets.

UPDATE: Carney has continued tinkering with his Twitter profile name. It has cycled through: "Justin Bieber Carney," "Pustin Bieber Carney" and "Patin Bieber Carney."

UPDATE: Around 4 pm Eastern time on Sunday, Carney de-Biebed his Twitter profile and turned it back to his own. He also posted this:

Justin is gone now. DNA recombo unsuccessful. I will try again soon though!
Feb 17 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply