Pop icon and teen sensation Justin Bieber was recently asked in an interview with Rolling Stone for his views on abortion and his answer is causing hostility among certain circles.
When asked about abortion, he stated “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby?”
Then the reporter raised the question about his view when a rape occurs. Bieber replied, “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.”
My question is why are we asking 16-year-old kids for their views on rape and abortion? When exactly did it become fashionable to put a political spin onto everything and everyone in modern culture? Isn’t he just a kid who can sing and entertain?
Tween and teen girls will pick up the magazine solely (probably many for the first time) just because his picture in on the cover. They will want to read about what he likes to do, what kinds of girls he likes, his favorite foods and music, but certainly not for his politics. I’m not sure his fan demographic would even want to hear about politics.
It wasn’t wise for a national magazine to ask such a provocative question of a kid. Yes, he’s famous and has done countless interviews, but he’s a 16-year-old child with a mind that has still not fully matured. He is not out to save the world or women’s rights or do anything else besides sing, dance, and entertain the tween masses.
I have a problem in general with asking celebrities what they think on certain issues because having celebrity status doesn’t necessarily make you knowledgeable on anything. It just means you are popular for one reason or another. And I have a real problem with cornering a 16-year-old for his views on abortion and rape.
Still, considering some of the insane and disgusting comments Lara Logan received after being sexually assaulted in Egypt, I have to say the caught off guard answers received from this 16-year-old kid are more pure, thoughtful, and sensitive than a whole lot of adults today, including those supposedly mature and educated like Nir Rosen.
Maybe if we could just let kids be kids, they would eventually grow up into thoughtful adults who have the decency and self control to choose their words wisely.