There's more to Justin Bieber than 3-D movies and frothy pop songs written for tween girls. He happens to have opinions on politics, as well. Specifically, the 16-year-old revealed in the March 3 issue of Rolling Stone how he feels about ... abortion.
He told the music mag, "I really don't believe in abortion ... It's like killing a baby?"
As for in cases of rape ...
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.
What. A. Joke. First of all, it seems rather irresponsible of the writer in the first place to have even asked Bieber his opinion on abortion. The kid is nothing more than that -- a kid, a teen boy, a child, really -- and he has absolutely nothing to do with health care or lawmaking.
Secondly, Bieber's a pop star, and he should stick to posing for teenybopper magazine pull-out posters and singing feel-good tracks that make little girls' hearts flutter. The only downstream effects of him sharing an opinion on abortion are negative ones for his young female fans. And last, his ignorant, and yes, conservative, self-righteous opinions (that likely come from his very religious, born-again Christian mother -- I doubt he's formed them on his own) ANNOY me, quite honestly. For that reason, I'm trying to curb any mindless humming of "Baby" I've had goin' on since it was on last night's Glee.
I know it may seem a little silly, but I can't help but feel cold toward celebs whose political views, perspective on the world, or ridiculous actions are so at odds with what I believe in and stand for. By extension, I find I'm not as interested in their movies, music, or TV shows ... and I may end up, well, boycotting them.
For instance, I turn off the radio whenever misogynist, homophobic, girlfriend-beater Chris Brown comes on (why is anyone playing him anymore anyway?). I won't watch Mel Gibson flicks, forget it. (After it's become clear what an anti-semitic, racist, misogynistic lunatic he is, does anyone want to anymore?) Not keen on whackadoo Scientologist Tom Cruise. (I haven't really been big on Katie since she married him, either.) And not that I care about football at all, but I'd boycott big mouth pro-life Denver Broncos player Tim Tebow.
Of course, these celebs have the right to say whatever they want, but I have a right as a consumer of entertainment to CHOOSE to turn my back to them if I don't agree with what they have to say or appreciate what they do offstage/screen/field.
Do you find you boycott celebrities whose opinions or behaviors you don't agree with?
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