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Thursday, September 21, 2023


Easier to ignore Bieber than waste time deporting him

I never went through a Belieber phase. I exited my preteen years just as Justin Bieber entered the scene, and by the time he became a big hit across the world, I was already past teen pop sensations. Besides, as far as boy bands go, the Jonas Brothers would always hold that special “why did I spend so much time imagining what it would be like to be married to you” place in my heart.

I always held resentment toward Bieber simply because it was easy to do. He was loved by many, and I hated that; if anything was popularized by a horde of 12-year-old girls, I immediately dismissed it as an overrated piece of nothing. Justin Bieber was no exception.

Obviously, though, I knew in the back of my mind that he probably wasn’t that terrible. I was just a dumb kid. There was nothing wrong with him; I was just immature and probably a bit insecure and jealous.

I don’t know if I could be so kind now.

To say that Justin Bieber has been a complete and utter mess as of late would be an understatement. I mean, I’ve seen car accidents that were less painful than his current trajectory toward self-destruction.

There are many reasons nowadays that reinforce the idea that Bieber is a giant mess. So many, in fact, that CNN has a constantly updating article titled “Justin Bieber’s Bad Year: A Guide.”

The “troubled timeline” lists both the old and the new disgustingly stupid things Bieber has done — from arriving to concerts two hours late to peeing in a janitor’s mop bucket to even egging his neighbor’s house and causing over $20,000 in damage, Justin Bieber has done more than enough to prove to everyone that he is an insufferable human being.

However, it was Bieber’s recent arrest for driving under the influence in Miami Beach, Fla. that was the straw that broke the Bieber-hating camel’s back.

It was Jan. 23 when Bieber decided it would be fun to have a joyride around Miami Beach while intoxicated. And by joyride, I mean he was drag racing two rental sports cars.

The pop star was then arrested on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

According to Billboard, “urine tests processed by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine indicate the pop singer had THC and Alprazolam (the key ingredient in…Xanax.)”

This arrest sparked a whirlwind of debates, both from the Beliebers and from the non-Beliebers.

The response was so strong that there was an outcry by several hundred thousand individuals, all of whom have decided to sign a petition requesting the deportation of Bieber.

The petition, now signed by more than 100,000 people, states that “we the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.”

The petition has so many signatures at this point that the White House has to actually reply to it.

Look, I don’t like Bieber. If I had a kid, I wouldn’t want her or him or any little child to look up to him blindly. Following someone without question and then refusing to see the wrong in them is one of the worst things about Beliebers. So much so that some of them will often tweet outcries of “I don’t care if Justin murders someone, I will always be behind him #belieber.”

But I don’t think this is the proper way to address the issue, America. Seriously, you’re part of the problem if you actually believe that this petition will work, or even if it does, that it will have any major impact.

Do not deport Justin Bieber, America. You know what would be better instead?

Let him die out. Let his music, his persona, his everything die out. Because if there’s one thing I know about teen pop sensations, it’s that they never last. Justin Bieber, as always, is no exception.

Stop giving him attention, a reason to scream out at concerts or award shows “this one’s for all of my haters!” Stop making him feel special. Stop putting so much effort toward hating one boy.

Instead, put those 100,000 people toward an actual worthwhile cause. Instead of wasting your time, what if each person who signed that petition donates $5 toward a charitable cause? Or signs a petition that’s actually worth something and actually has the possibility of creating some form of an impact?

Just move on, America. If you just pretend he isn’t there, he’ll be gone soon enough.

Opinion columnist Carolina Treviño is an advertising freshman and may be reached at [email protected].

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