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February 17, 2011

We Hate Having to Blog About Justin Bieber Sometimes

It was bad enough that Glee subjected us to not one, but two, Justin Bieber songs in a row (and numerous hair flips) in this week's episode... but now everyone's talking about the Biebs and his interview with Rolling Stone. As if we didn't already have enough reason to dislike Bieber, it turns out that he's anti-choice.

By now you've probably all heard about his inarticulate musings about abortion ("it's like killing a baby") and rape ("I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason").

Obviously we have some... uh... feelings about what he said. You'd think his handlers would've given him enough media training to know how to answer 'controversial' questions like that, but more than that, we're wondering why is Rolling Stone asking Justin Bieber about abortion?

Why are they asking him about... pretty much anything they asked him?

Is Rolling Stone really trying to make us believe that anyone in the world actually gives a shit about what Bieber has to say about abortion? And what's even more annoying is the fact that although some people might be criticizing what he said (or at least, his inability to say it well) no one seems to notice the glaring double standard surrounded Bieber yet again.

Here's an excerpt:
"I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them," Bieber says. When asked if he believes in abstinence until marriage, Bieber – who is reportedly dating fellow teen star Selena Gomez – seems wary: "I think you should just wait for the person you're...in love with."
Doesn't sound too bad, does it? You should wait til you're in love. That's pretty nice. ...But imagine what the reaction would be if a female teen pop star (or actress or other celebrity) said the exact same thing. Imagine if Miley Cyrus said something similar at age 16. There'd be a whole huge slut-shaming scandal going on. Why? Because Bieber didn't say you should wait until you're married (like most of the abstinence crew usually preaches). And he didn't say you should wait until you're 'old enough'. He just said you should love the other person.

If Miley Cyrus had said something like that angry moms and dads would have been all over her for condoning teen sex out of wedlock. And to be clear, we're not suggesting that that's necessarily what Bieber meant by his answer (and we're definitely not saying there's anything wrong with that point of view either way) but you just know that's how the media would twist it.

Really think about it... Can you imagine if Jamie Lynn Spears had made a comment like that? Or Vanessa Hudgens? Or Taylor Momsen? Remember when a 16-year-old Momsen said in an interview that she wasn't interested in boys at the moment and her vibrator was her best friend? The reaction was not good... it was 'oh that's so inappropriate' or 'what a whore' or 'she's disgusting' but really... by advocating 'self-pleasure' she was advocating not having sex at age 16. Isn't that pretty much what these parents want their children to hear?

And can you even imagine Rolling Stone (or any 'adult' publication) asking a 16-year-old female celebrity about sex and abortion? About the closest you might've gotten was "do you have a boyfriend?" followed by "but you're a virgin, right?" A number of sexy starlets have discussed their virignity in interviews, vowing to wait until marriage  - like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and even Miley Cyrus - only to be slut-shamed later on when they finally do 'give it up'. (Back in the day, it was apparently part of Brooke Shields' contract that she remain a virgin!)

Abortion? I doubt they'd ever ask a female teen star that question, but she'd be fucked no matter how she answered.


Phoenix Justice said...

The media gave the Biebs a pass on his stance (or lack thereof) regarding abstinence because they honed in on his stance on abortion. Abortion is a much bigger wedge issue than sex outside of marriage and let's face it, copies of Rolling Stone don't sell because of Matt Taibi's articles.

The Biebs also came off as rather homophobic and nary a word is spoken about that either. I guess its only when beauty queens speak their mind about gays and gay marriage does the media care.

So yeah, lots of double standards.


Harmonika said...

I dunno.

Wake me up when they find him wandering around drunk in West Hollywood after taking a few cocks up the ass.

Not that it's a BAD thing.

It's only a matter of time.

James Martin said...

I think he's kind of cute.

Batocchio said...

Yeah, definitely a double standard. I heard about this interview earlier this week, and Bieber actually spoke well about health care, showing more thought and certainly more compassion than any conservative in Congress. But pushing a 16-year pop star to talk about abortion seems like sleazy attack journalism, at best.

Batocchio said...

Also - I sorta like Glee, but I boy, I wish they could pick better music. Of course, Fox is the home of American Idol...

Germaniajim said...

who cares what the snot nose thinks?

Elfy said...

Asking a teenager about who they're dating is one thing (not that that's not kind of invasive anyway), but asking them about abortion? Honestly, gender aside, what possible reason could they have for asking him that? I was annoyed at the anti-choice sentiment at first, but then I remembered that I had the same opinion when I was 16, because I was a kid who hadn't had to deal with pregnancy myself and had not yet developed a truly comprehensive opinion on the matter.

Oh, and when he spoke about rape-pregnancy happening "for a reason", he followed it up with "I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that." Yes, he's trying to sugarcoat a horrific occurrence, but he's demonstrating at least a little bit of compassion and admitting that he can't really judge the situation.

The whole thing is just weird. He's not a political figure or an activist of some kind, he's a teenage pop star. One of these things is not like the other.