This just in: Rolling Stone magazine has made a very minor correction in excerpts released from its upcoming cover story on the Biebs. Biebs was asked his thoughts on abortion, indicating he doesn't "believe in" abortion (or is that "belieb in"). The magazine then asked a follow up question on whether abortion would be acceptable in cases of rape. According to the Globe and Mail today, the magazine's original excerpt read, "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." The correction 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." Whew. Thanks for clearing that one up Rolling Stone.
I have two things to say about this. First, why is Rolling Stone asking a sixteen year old boy what his thoughts are on abortion? Can any of us foresee any kind of detailed, thoughtful response from Biebs? This is pure sensationalism, no matter what his answer is. I remember when I was sixteen and so darn certain about everything. Black or white. Simple. He's still there, and he can't help that. He's sixteen. But Rolling Stone can. The question was exploitive, meant to sell magazines. Evidence: They are using that quote to promote the issue. But I wonder, as have others, if this response will influence his legion of pre-teen fans (the true Beliebers) and hope that it does not. Think for yourselves, young women, I urge you.
Secondly, Biebs should take his own advice and "Never Say Never." As women find out every day, no matter what they thought they believed about abortion, an unplanned pregnancy forces a total rethink.
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