On January 19th, the day Justin Bieber was arrested for a DUI and drag racing, a petition was posted on We the People requesting Bieber’s deportation.
Once the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the White House is obligated to respond and usually does so within 30 days. The petition has already reached 118,822 signatures. Though it is unlikely to result in an actual deportation, it will be interesting to see how the administration will respond to this petition.
The petition states:
“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
Sounds about right to me. I have two daughters who used to love Justin Bieber. I even splurged on concert tickets for my kids a year ago. They’ve mostly grown out of his music over the last year, but when he was arrested for drunk driving my 6-year-old who is in first grade told me about it when she got home from school. “We were talking about it at recess,” she said.
I find it annoying and disappointing that these child celebrities fall again and again into the cliched stereotypes of adolescents with something to prove. Miley, Justin — we get it. You’re not kids anymore. You’re wild and crazy now. Bully for you … and practically every other famous kid who grew up in the public eye, got rich, became promiscuous, and started doing drugs. What a tired, tired cliche.
Luckily my kids have enough sense to view Bieber’s actions with disdain rather than admiration. But it’s not typically the kind of thing we, as Americans, deport people for. Sure, I’d love the power to deport anyone who I think is a bad example to my kids but I’m no Kim Jong-un. And neither are you. As much as I’d like to send the Biebs into time-out myself, I doubt we’ll see his green card revoked.
If you think the Bieber petition is silly business, remember, this is America. The White House recently thrilled petitioners by responding to their request to construct a Death Star. Read their response, here. Their response is clever, fun, and shows that they aren’t taking themselves too seriously. But they do take the voice of the people seriously enough to listen. There ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the U.S.A. Ooh! Bieber should cover that.
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