In a February issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Justin Bieber is featured on the cover rocking a leather jacket, a new haircut, and a few words on some controversial issues.
In his interview, Bieber was asked to share his opinion on abortion and abstinence. No side is ever the correct side when talking about such topics, and that includes Bieber’s.
Bieber stated that “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby.” Later, Bieber is asked if his position stands when rape is brought into the equation, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”
This comment came across as harsh and insensitive, making Bieber’s words the topic of some strong comments against the young celebrity, causing his fan base to question if he really is someone they can look to, and also making him the topic of conversation on some popular daytime talk shows. The View’s Joy Behar said it was “really insulting to people who have been raped or victims of incest, there is no ‘reason’ for that.”
Bieber has already started to feel the heat from his fans. On popular social network sites such as Twitter, fans and ex-fans alike have stated that they no longer have “Bieber fever.”
Bieber states that he was misquoted and with the help of his crisis management team, has been hard at work correcting this misperception. Even going as far as to have Rolling Stone publish a correction saying that the Biebs was in-fact misquoted.
Due to an editing error, this story originally included an incomplete quote from Justin Bieber. The full quote, his response to whether abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, reads: ‘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 do you think? Is Bieber just a victim of misquote? Did his crisis management team deal with this in time? Does his age have any affect on how his interview has been received? Was it wrong of Rolling Stone to interview someone so young on such hot-button issues? How will this affect his fan base?