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I can’t believe I am about to do this, but I am about to defend Justin Bieber.
It is not because people say he’s a talentless schmuck, or that he has a woman’s haircut, or that he has a child’s voice.
It’s not because I’m jealous that he has more money at 16 than I’ll likely ever see, although I am.
Graphic by Toni Karan
No, I am defending Justin Bieber because his recent interview for Rolling Stone magazine.
The interview, set to appear in the March 3 edition of the magazine, purposely and directly attempts, rather successfully I might add, to make the teen sensation look like a mindless, unintelligent individual.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a fan of the Stratford, Ont., native. I’m not saying he doesn’t have talent, but the music he makes does not appeal to me either lyrically or musically.
However, for a magazine with 43 years of rich history to expose someone who is essentially a child in this way is uncalled for.
During the interview, Bieber is forced to tackle many difficult topics that would be challenging for any 16-year-old.
Let alone one that is not attending school full time.
The interviewer asked Bieber about his stance on abortion, to which Bieber responded he was against it.
They then proceeded to prod at Bieber, asking him if his stance would change if rape was involved.
"Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason," said Bieber.
"I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that."
The teen sensation did not mean to imply that rape or abuse happen for a reason; rather his stance on abortion would not change if rape was involved.
The fact that the articles leaves in the "Um" at the beginning of the quote further proves that this was an attempt to make the teen sensation look unintelligent and immature.
Recent cover stories on Eminem and Elton John conveniently do not feature anything of the sort.
I understand that Bieber is a pop sensation and a role model for millions of teenagers around the world, but to put him in an awkward and embarrassing position for the purpose of selling a few magazines is wrong.