Friday, February 18, 2011

In Defense of Justin Bieber: Shame On Rolling Stone

Wow, I thought we'd never do this, but we're actually sticking up for Justin Bieber.

There's been some outrage lately stemming from a Rolling Stone interview with Justin Bieber in which he was asked what his stance on abortion is in the event of rape. His response:

"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."
Abortion is a highly polarizing topic where things can get heated very quickly, whether one is pro-life or pro-choice. So pretty much no matter what his answer was, he was bound to lose with one side or the other. And some are outraged that he would imply that somehow there's a reason some women get raped. I'll admit, that was kind of a dumb comment that didn't make sense. But we're giving him a pass on it because he was put on the spot about something he probably hasn't done a lot of thinking about.

But that isn't even the real story. The real story is Rolling Stone magazine asking Justin Beiber about abortion in the event of rape in the first place. Really guys? He's a "teen heart throb", practically still a child himself, a pop star of preteen girls. What in the hell does rape and abortion have to do with anything he's involved with? I could see asking a politician about it, or someone who has made abortion or rape one of their causes they've taken up in life. But some child pop star? What in the hell were they thinking? It was pretty much a setup from the very beginning. There's no way for him to answer that question and it be the right answer. They knew it would create controversy and it would be publicity for the magazine, whether it was good or bad publicity wasn't of concern. What a cheap and pathetic way to make news.

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