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Why We Should Not Deport Justin Bieber
Let’s Get This Fact on the Table Immediately
I am not a Justin Bieber fan. Period! I wish him no ill will, but if he were playing a free concert right across the street I would not go see him. I don’t like his attitude; I don’t like his actions; I’m not too crazy about his father; and I don’t like his music.
Does that just about cover everything?
I make these clear and bold statements because I do not want anyone saying that the rest of this article is a defense of the singer based on adoration. Trust me, there is none.
In fact, I think Justin Bieber is a train wreck waiting to happen. A few wheels are already off the track and the derailment is imminent. There is just no way to sugarcoat that fact.
I also think that Justin Bieber needs a spanking. Take him out behind the woodshed and whoop his overpriced butt until he gets some common sense.
Are we clear?
The Latest Online News
So I was scanning Yahoo News the other day and I came across this article that said a petition had been organized and over 103,000 signatures had been gathered. The petition asks for the Federal Government to deport Mr. Bieber and send his butt back to Canada. It goes on to state that the reason for this deportation is because Bieber has endangered lives here in the United States and he is a bad influence on the youth of America.
So here’s the thing….
As much as I happen to dislike egotistical, over-hyped, questionable talent, I dislike hypocrisy even more, and this petition reeks of the type of hypocrisy the United States is famous for.
Deport someone because they are an endangerment? Deport someone because they are a negative influence? Oh please!
Let’s Look at This Endangerment Nonsense First
I guarantee you right now that some of the people who signed that petition have talked on their cell phone and texted messages while driving their car.
I guarantee you right now that some of the people who signed that petition have driven a vehicle after having a couple beers with their friends at the local tavern.
I guarantee you right now that some of the people who signed that petition have received speeding tickets, and I guarantee you right now that some of those who signed that petition have done equally dangerous things during their everyday lives.
Was Mr. Bieber being irresponsible drag-racing down a public street? Most definitely, just like I was when I was a teenager and just like many of you have been over the span of your lives. An endangerment? Most definitely! Stupid! You betcha! A reason for deportation? Give me a break!
Now Let’s Look at the Bad Influence Hogwash
Oh how I love this hypocritical nonsense. I have been on this planet for sixty-five years now and the words “bad influence” grate on my nerves and have for decades. Is it a bad influence to cuss in front of your children? Is it a bad influence to cheat your competitors? Is it bad influence to let your kids see you drunk? Is it bad influence to be devout in church on Sundays and then live lives that in no way correspond to the gospel you listened to?
Check out the latest celebrity magazines and show me a celebrity that is not a bad influence on our children. Go ahead, I’ll wait. My parents hated Mick Jagger and everything he “stood for,” but they had no desire to deport him when he toured the States with the Stones. What they did instead, and I realize this will seem a bit novel…..they raised me to understand the difference between right and wrong. Heaven forbid! They raised me to understand the difference between socially acceptable behavior and unacceptable behavior.
If we are going to deport Mr. Bieber for being a bad influence then we need to do the same thing to 90% of the entertainers and athletes in this country, and then who would we watch for entertainment?
Another Thing to Consider
Do we really want to send Justin back to Canada? What has Canada done to us to deserve that kind of action? They are our friendly neighbors to the north. Friends don’t toss garbage over the fence into their neighbor’s yard.
Do you feel Bieber should be deported?
And That Leads Us to the Final Point
Who would we watch for entertainment? The bottom line about this topic is this: we actively condone unacceptable behavior by buying tickets to see these musicians and sports stars. They would not be famous if we stopped doing our part as fans.
The 20th Century is littered with examples of entertainers who were train wrecks just like Mr. Bieber, but fans kept paying money to see them perform. The 21st Century shows no signs of different behavior on the part of the American public. We made these people famous and we continue to do so….so who is to blame here?
Let the System Handle This One
Mr. Bieber will have his day in court. There is no reason in the world to get the Federal Government involved in this matter. Let’s face it, the government has a pretty bad track record of its own; do we really want them poking their noses into matters as trivial as stupid entertainers? I’d rather let them work on universal health care and the homelessness problem. We can handle Mr. Bieber quite nicely without the help of Uncle Sam. Besides, as a country we are broke. We can use the tax dollars Mr. Bieber generates.
Let the court handle it, and when they are done then you can do your own part by not supporting entertainers you consider to be a bad influence. They will dry up and go away, just as thousands of others have done in the past, if we stop supporting them. Fame is fleeting at best, and it only exists because of an adoring public. Take away the adoration and all you are left with is questionable talent in an empty stadium.
And one final note: those who live in glass houses really should refrain from tossing rocks.
2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)