By now, you’ve probably heard that Justin Bieber is an abortion expert.
Okay, not really. But that didn’t stop Rolling Stone contributing editor, Vanessa Grigoriadis, from asking the tween heartthrob his thoughts on the issue.
“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber said. “It’s like killing a baby?”
Perhaps phrasing that as an interrogative sentence doesn’t bode well for his credibility on the matter.
When asked about cases of rape, (really Rolling Stone? You couldn’t back off the edginess for one second and ask about Selena Gomez or something?) Justin said, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”
I’ll admit, my first instinct was to take a baseball bat to all nearby breakable objects in the name of childhood-stardom-induced ignorance.
But I took a deep breath, and thought about it. Given the circumstances (out-of-left-field question, overwhelming pressure to appeal to conservative parents), it could have been worse. At least the kid admits he’s not qualified to pass judgment.
And with the popularity of shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” it’s no secret that teenagers are often forced to make tough decisions about pregnancy and abortion, so they should have informed (key word: “informed”) opinions.
But “everything happens for a reason”? Yeesh. Somewhere, JB’s publicist is crying in a corner.
Though rates of Bieber Fever may plummet in the feminist and atheist demographics (if they existed there to begin with), we’ll surely see leagues of devoted tweens blindly mimic Justin’s deeply profound political views. Great.
My favorite blogger, Michael K. of dlisted, definitely said it best: “Justin Bieber is about 6 minutes out of the womb and so the thought of abortion is probably both confusing and really f—ing threatening to him.”
— Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. It would be nice if you visited her website: www.michellekmedia.com. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.