Teen pop phenomenon Justin Bieber has, along with his own line of nail polish and throngs of screaming fans, a mom.
A mom, Patricia Bieber, who would rather stand by her religious values than collect $50,000 from Playboy for posing nude in an upcoming issue.
Finally, we’re seeing a teen celebrity’s mom who seems to remember that she’s a mom first, not a publicity stunt waiting to happen. In fact, she seems to be using her moment in the spotlight to model responsible, healthy parenting choices. I hope the Lohans are reading this.
Go, Mama Bieber, go! Keep your big girl pants on!
I’ve got no problems with mamas posing nude in Playboy. Posing nude is a time-honored tradition. There’s nothing wrong with loving your body or getting sexy, or in making money off your looks. Just a few days ago I was lauding Jenny McCarthy’s plan to pose nude in Playboy again for the sake of her son’s charity.
But Patricia Bieber doesn’t have a cause she’s trying to raise funds for. Playboy approached her because she’s the mother of a famous teenage boy, and she’s easy on the eyes. They’re seeing an opportunity to cash in on her reflected glory by splashing the name “Bieber” all over their front cover.
She was right to say no. I don’t share her religious beliefs, but I’m impressed with anyone who will hold to her own moral center in the face of a $50,000. That’s more money than the single mom probably ever saw before her son hit the pop music jackpot.
Mama Bieber’s ability to turn down $50,000 worth of temptation and act like a grown-up while in the media spotlight deserves a round of applause. I’m glad to see a celebrity parent acting like a role model, not just for her kid, but for all us other moms watching her.
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