Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 09:02
Stories of Justin Bieber’s latest antics have been p l a g u i n g the headlines. The 19-year-old Canadian pop star has been in the news due to stories regarding his arrest. Twitter and Facebook exploded when Miami Police arrested Bieber under charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest. He was also driving with an expired license.
To the annoyance of many, Bieber’s unruly behavior continues to make the news. Approximately 236,000 people signed a petition calling for the pop star’s deportation to Canada within the last two weeks.
The petition claims that Justin Bieber is creating a harmful image of American pop culture. It reads, “We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
According to policies implemented by the Obama Administration, a petition that receives 100,000 signatures within 30 days is eligible to be put before the President.
It is growing tiresome to hear Bieber’s name on the evening news. I, for one, am not fond of seeing Bieber continually on my news feed. Yet, I find it interesting that something like this — something that seems so trivial — can occupy the attention of the nation for as long as it has.
I think this really calls into question the people’s priorities. Why do we, as a culture, get so much enjoyment in watching the downfall of a celebrity? It may be just because the celebrity in question is Justin Bieber, and people are not fond of him. His rise to power has gained him a lot of critics.
I think it is because Bieber is trying desperately to outgrow his 16-year-old boy toy image adorned by 11 through 14-year-old girls. However, his fan base outside of that demographic is minimal.
I believe Bieber is trying to find ways stay relevant — similar to what Lindsay Lohan did, but less extreme. It will be interesting to see what happens regarding the petition. Will Bieber get his act together, or will he be another child celebrity who was ruined by money and fame?
If I had to bet on it, I would say he is already in his inevitable downfall, but never say never…
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.