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The Backstreet Boys have called out Canadian bad boy Justin Bieber, saying that the hijinks he’s pulling these days don’t compare to what they used to get away with back in their heyday.

The Boys–who, yes, are “back again” at a residency in Las Vegas–recently referenced their former shenanigans in an interview with Elle.com.

“I’ll tell you this,” Nick Carter told the women’s magazine. “There is some sh** that AJ and I both did that I’m really glad that social media wasn’t around for. Because Justin Bieber couldn’t hold a candle to what we did.”

Oh really? That sounds like a challenge. Justin, you up for it? Just kidding! Justin, put your shirt back on, please. Oh no! What are you doing on that ATV!?

According to another member of the group, AJ McLean, social media would’ve chewed them up and spit them out if it had caught some of their behaviour back in the ’90s and early aughts.

“We would have been like TMZ’s saving grace, bro,” said McLean. “Just anything from me being drunk or irate at a club. Or me walking naked down the hallway in a hotel for no apparent reason… Just random stuff that never really got out.”

That “random stuff” does seem to “get out” pretty easily these days, doesn’t it? Everyone with a cell phone is a paparazzi. Though something tells us that the Biebs could share some stories of irate club behavior or naked hallway strolls that haven’t been captured on social media. More than a few, we bet.

But the BSBs also see the value of social media for today’s stars. After all, without the Internet, Justin Bieber would perhaps still be singing to his mirror in his bedroom in Ontario.

“But, the fame now–it’s like night and day,” McLean told Elle. “The other side of that which was different for us: Without social media, without YouTube, without instant access, we had to do everything grassroots. We had to do every interview, every radio show, every outlet. We had to go to every country–that was the only way to do it. There was no Instagram, or posting things on Youtube to get a record deal.”

It sounds a bit like the old saying, “when I was a kid I had to walk to school in my father’s pajamas, uphill both ways through the snow…” Everything is always harder back in the day.

In any case, we honestly hope this interview doesn’t make its way back to Bieber and incite some outrageous behaviour. Justin clearly has plenty of testosterone still raging through his body.

Tap out scooter

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