Politics, Abortion, and Pre-Marital Sex, Oh My! Justin Bieber’s Rolling Stone Interview
Today in news that will likely be blown out of proportion: Justin Bieber spoke to Rolling Stone, and although the full article isn’t in our possession, the gossip blogs are jumping on the pull-quotes and scandalizing the “highlights.”
Case in point: Justin Bieber doesn’t believe in abortion. He believes that an embryo is life and that having an abortion “is like killing a baby.” He is religious and shares this sentiment with millions of other people, but it’s a strong statement to make when your voice has exponential reach and you know that kids everywhere are listening to you. It won’t be long before the pro-lifers and pro-choicers start battling this out.
This brings up a larger discussion about sensationalized journalism. It’s expected that reporters for established publications like Rolling Stone will pose “hard-hitting” questions to America’s idols, as interviews with these stars are hard to get and we all want to know as much as we can about the rich and famous. But is asking a sixteen-year old pop star who has focused on his career full time since age thirteen about post-rape abortion and politics really fair? Not to underestimate Justin Bieber, or any young pop stars, but asking a kid these types of questions seems a bit… preposterous.
Plus, Justin’s fans don’t seem to want to know much about these issues. In the video of his Terry Richardson photo shoot, he answers fans’ questions about food, a Michael Jackson/TuPac collaboration, and what he’d take with him in a fire.
Watch the video clip HERE
No one is saying that we only want to know about Justin Bieber’s hair and girlfriends, but as potentially irresponsible as it is for Bieber to try and answer some of the Rolling Stone questions with any real authority, it’s just as absurd to ask him questions which deserve more serious answers. At what point do we stop trying to take someone as far out of their element as possible just because they are famous? Who is the commodity here?
We can’t fully form an opinion on this article until we read the full piece (out on February 18th for subscribers), but we’re feeling weird about his undeveloped opinions being printed and publicized. Bieber is talented and beloved by millions, but his frontal lobe cannot be trusted (yet)! No, seriously, here’s an article on the neuroscience of the teenage brain.
At the very least, his intentions are good. On homosexuality, Bieber says, “It’s everyone’s own decision to do that. It doesn’t affect me and shouldn’t affect anyone else.”
Well-played, Biebs. For now, until you have experienced the world, it’s best to answer these loaded questions with grace and focus on your career, which is all about making teenage girls swoon and the rest of us dance.
Thoughts? Feelings? Pfffts?
—Never Say Never to be released on 3/4