Back in June 2011, 16-year-old Leon Purvis posted a video on YouTube asking Justin Bieber to his junior prom. Now 10 months later he still has no response from The Biebs and his prom is little more than two months away. The video itself has collected a modest 140,000 views, but Purvis is stepping up his campaign as the date quickly approaches.
Talking to Digital Spy, Purvis says that the campaign is not just for his sake, but will give Bieber the opportunity to “take a break from his celebrity life”: “Justin Bieber won’t ever have a normal prom, so why not attend prom with me? I am fun to be around.”
His chances may be better than you might think—both Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake attended military balls last winter, after receiving similar online invitations from fans. Of course, those were from opposite-sex admirers.
Purvis’s reasons for wanting Bieber to attend his prom are still not fully clear: He claims he only wants Justin there as a “Bro” not as his date—and says “No, I am not gay” in his video—but then he uses unfortunate terminology like, “we can jerk together. Um, is he referring to the 1960s dance craze (we hope)?
Sadly Leon’s first choice, a girl from school he had a crush on, turned him down. So now he really needs the “Baby” singer to come through.
We don’t know what Leon’s true intentions are for the Beeb—or how Selina Gomez would feel about her man stepping out on her—but there’s no denying Purvis has pushed the issue of same-sex couples going to high-school proms to the forefront. He’s been interviewed by local newspapers, appeared on the local news in Philadelphia, was featured on MTV UK and was cited by both Perez Hilton and Ryan Seacrest. He has also a Facebook page to reach out to more people in the hopes that Justin hears about it and responds before time runs out.
We think poor Leon is going to have his heart broken in the end, though: Everyone knows Justin Bieber is a lesbian.
Photo: Heather Sokol