You may be aware that Justin Bieber is the center of some controversy recently. The 16-year old singer was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine, and when asked his opinion about abortion, he said, “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby?” And when asked about abortion in the case of a rape victim, he 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.”
While I think that anyone who’s mad at a teenager for having an uninformed opinion about a serious issue is seriously misguided, and the journalist who thought this was appropriate material for an interview is an idiot, I changed my mind after I read the rest of the interview, where Vanessa Grigoriadis and Justin Bieber delved a little deeper into other social issues. I’ve pasted the remainder of the interview for you to see for yourself:
Vanessa: Justin, I want to delve a little deeper into your social conscience. Is that okay?
Justin: Huh? Yeah, sure.
Vanessa: Okay, so tell me, what do you think about Mubarak’s resignation as President in Egypt?
Justin: I don’t know, man, like, I think that he must have been doing something right after 30 years, so why not cut him some slack?
Vanessa: Do you have an opinion on apartheid?
Justin: Sometimes I just have to tell my dancers to get in line, because they’re never going to be anything other than dancers. And if they say “Never Say Never” to me, I fire them. People have to know their place, yanno?
Vanessa: And your thoughts on the Muslim American man here in the United States who was convicted of decapitating his ex-wife in what some call an “honor killing”?
Justin: Cool – it’s like Mortal Kombat!
Vanessa: Blood diamonds?
Justin: Just use Oxiclean from that TV commercial. Gets the blood right off.
Vanessa: The holocaust?
Vanessa: The war in Iraq?
Justin: I do rock, thank you.
Vanessa: Teen pregnancy?
Justin: That’s what abortion’s for.
Vanessa: Wait- what?
Vanessa: Justin, umm, I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but Harry Potter’s not real.
Justin: Yes he is! Next you’ll be telling me that Santa isn’t real, either!
Vanessa: I don’t know if we should explore that. Let’s talk about your thoughts on High Fructose Corn Syrup instead.
And that’s when Justin’s publicist stepped in and stopped the interview.
Thanks to everyone who joined us last night for another episode of CYR. We talked about sex with donkeys, strip clubs, my life as a thief in high school, Helen Keller, Justin Bieber, and the Oscars. If you missed the show, you can subscribe to the podcast or download the mp3, and then join us next week!