Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift (WENN)

Fans feel closer to their idols than ever before thanks to social media, but this new super fan culture has also ushered in a whole new generation of egomaniac stars with an off-the-charts sense of invincibility.

With millions of blinded-by-love followers acting as a virtual shield against criticism, stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and even Taylor Swift seem to be developing a ‘can do no wrong’ attitude, even when their behaviour clearly deserves to be called out.

Lady Gaga’s army of Little Monsters have put her on such a pedestal that the singer refuses to accept her glaring hypocrisies or admit to situations where she may be in the wrong.

Take her escalating feud with the Osbournes, which hit fever pitch when Kelly called out Gaga’s fans as being “the worst” for cyber-bullying, insisting they were issuing rape and death threats at 400/tweets per minute for criticisms she’d made against the singer’s appearance.

When momager Sharon privately asked Lady Gaga to reign in her troops to curtail the barrage of online hate against her daughter, the self-professed patron saint of anti-bullying, who sees no problem using gun bras during her performances, decided to go on the attack instead, penning an open letter to Kelly on Facebook in which she dismissed the 28-year-old’s career path as “rooted in criticism and judgement.”

And then there’s the Teflon man himself, Justin Bieber, made to feel untouchable thanks to the 34 million Beliebers who just made him the most followed person on Twitter. Despite finding himself in several controversial situations over the past year, the 18-year-old continuously finds ways to deflect responsibility.

When cops pulled Bieber over for dangerous driving in L.A., the pop star blamed the paparazzi; when a photographer died on New Year’s Day while attempting to capture the “Beauty and a Beat” singer smoking pot, the singer’s team dismissed him as a stalker and a liar, even though the very next day Biebs was snapped getting high at a party.

And then there’s the star’s decision to wear overalls and a backwards cap while accepting the Diamond Jubilee Medal from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa last November. When criticism mounted over his disrespectful fashion choice, Bieber, who is well versed in the art of the wardrobe change, insisted it was “crazy” people expected him to have a suit on hand at the arena where he’d been performing before accepting the award. And that’s before we even get to the North Carolina radio host, who just this week accused the singer and his trainer of mocking her workout regime, spitting in her water bottle, and refusing a request for a photo at a Ritz Carlton Hotel gym. See what these monster super fans have helped create?

At least Bieber has a long way to go before he reaches Chris Brown status. The R&B singer feels like the king of the world thanks to Team Breezy, the super fans who only encourage his increasingly crude and arrogant behaviour. When comedian Jenny Johnson found herself in a vulgar Twitter war with Brown, who launched explicit profanities towards her and eventually deleted his account, Johnson was bombarded with endless rape and death threats from his die-hard fans.

And while good girl Taylor Swift may be the antithesis to Chris Brown’s bad boy, her fanatical fan following is just as loyal, their unconditional love for the songstress never forcing the 23-year-old to take a long hard look in the mirror.

After Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey encouraged boy-crazy Swift to “stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son” at the star-studded bash earlier this month, the Spin City alum was quick to echo the sentiment in an interview with Vulture. “Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career.”

While Fox nailed it on the head, Swift fans didn’t take kindly to the slight against their idol, forcing the 51-year-old father of four to apologize to the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer if he wanted life as he knew it to resume.

“Hey everybody, Michael J. Fox got in touch with me today and we are good. Thank you for having my back,” Swift tweeted shortly after.