Flack: Justin Bieber is not a bad guy


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Even though Justin Beiber has worked his way into the international spotlight, he is still a 16-year-old and not qualified to lead public opinion.

Sean Flack

Recently, Justin Bieber was interviewed by Rolling Stone. In a surprisingly forward interview, the baby-faced pop star fielded questions regarding sex, drugs and America. While most of Bieber’s answers were your dime-a-dozen pop star replies — “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them” — there was one comment of his that has sent people into an uproar.

When asked about his thoughts on abortion, Bieber said he “doesn’t really believe in abortion.” The interviewer then asked Bieber’s views on abortion in cases of rape, to which Bieber said, “Uhm, 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.”

The original quote that made its way onto the Internet had the line, “I don’t know how that would be a reason,” omitted, and made it seem as if Bieber thought rape happened for a reason. Pair that with his unsure definition of abortion — “It’s like killing a baby?” — and you have a bunch of people starting to hate and sneer at the Biebster.

But what people fail to realize is Bieber is a kid. While none of us liked to admit that when we were his age, the fact still remains he is 16.

So why are we putting so much stock in what he thinks about abortion? I can’t even begin to tell you all the embarrassing things I said or supported when I was that age. He’s just a kid. He’ll learn.

And if he doesn’t, then so what? People are also forgetting Bieber is a practicing Christian. His views on topics like that center around his beliefs. It’s his prerogative.

It’s ridiculous that we care so much about the inner thoughts of celebrities. Pop stars should be pop stars, not talking heads about important issues. Why would you ask a 16-year-old male what he thinks about abortion? It’s obvious he’s not going to give you a well-thought-out answer, but rather what he believes in at the moment.

I know everyone should be educated about these topics and the political parties — something Bieber isn’t certain about — but Bieber isn’t like other 16-year-olds. He’s touring and making music and doing appearances and, frankly, I’m sure sometimes you don’t have the time to acquaint yourself with hot-button issues. You just try to answer the questions as honestly as you can. And I don’t think Bieber or anyone should be crucified for such an innocent answer.

Besides, it’s not as if Bieber has his own talk show where he spits out cruel rhetoric about his Christian views. Look up any interview with him and you’ll see that he’s essentially a nice guy; an innocent kid who plays harmless pranks on his friends.

His answer isn’t way out of left field or anything. I’m sure if you polled most 16-year-olds, they would give you a similar answer. Hell, if you polled a good number of adults, I’m sure you would get the same answer.

Everyone acts as if his views are personally affecting them, and that is just ridiculous. While Bieber may be in the public spotlight, the fact he does or does not support abortion carries no weight in our daily lives. Yeah, it’s interesting, but it’s not important.

I know in certain circles it’s cool to hate on Bieber. His pro-love attitude and wind-swept bangs inspire groans and eye rolling from many people. But move on and get mad about more important things. Get mad about the conflicts overseas. Get mad about biased news. Get mad about life. A young pop star’s views on abortion is the last thing any of us should be up in arms about.