THE LIST: Shut Up And Sing Bieber

Published by Kelly in: Features -- Date: 21 Feb 2011 Comments: 1


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Shut up and sing. (Or dance. Or whatever it is that you do.)

I was instantly annoyed after reading these quotes from Justin Bieber’s Rolling Stone interview with Vanessa Grigoriadis:

“You guys are evil,” he jokes. “Canada’s the best country in the world.” He adds, “We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills.”

“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber says. “It’s like killing a baby.” How about in cases of rape? “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

I don’t care what Bieber or any other celebrity thinks about political or social issues. Being famous doesn’t mean you understand these things any better than the rest of us, it just means you have an automatic platform for your opinions. 

My annoyance isn’t really with Justin Bieber or celebrities.  It’s with the constant stream of reporters who insist on asking them political questions. While  Rolling Stone isn’t alone in this, I find asking Bieber these types of  questions especially troubling.  Maybe it’s because he looks like he’s 12 and is too innocent to be asked anything remotely controversial.  And let’s be honest, we’re not going to get any pearls of wisdom regarding health care from a 16 year old boy who probably spends more on a haircut than most of us do on rent. Asking Bieber these questions only sets him up to either alienate half of his fan base or look stupid, and Rolling Stone should be ashamed of printing them.  He’s just a kid.  Ask him questions about girls, his favorite shows or music. I mean, isn’t he a musician? Give him a break.

 Boom! Roasted!

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