Jonathan Capehart: Justin Bieber's tough love on abortion
Just the sight of Justin Bieber elicits an eye roll from me. I mean, what's up with that hair? And he has a 3-D movie out about his life? He's only 16! But it's his political comments in the latest Rolling Stone that have my eyes rolling so hard I can hear my mother saying, "Keep it up. Your eyes are going to stay that way."
"You guys are evil," Bieber, a Canadian, says. Rolling Stone notes he's joking. "Canada's the best country in the world." He then goes on to say, "We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."
Fine, there's no arguing with his assessment of the U.S. health-care system. We just went through nearly two years of political hell to get a health-care law -- which is being pecked at by as many court challenges as killer birds pecked at Tippi Hedron.
Surely all that Oh, Canada flag waving and talk of Americans being "evil" will enrage the conservative parents of Bieber's screaming teen girl (and more than a few gay teen boys) base. Given her propensity to attack those who don't believe in American exceptionalism, not to mention attack male youngsters, I can't wait for Sarah Palin's Twitter or Facebook blast against the Bieber for that one.
But the "Baby/baby/baby oh" singer might redeem himself with those conservatives parents once they read what he had to say about abortion.
"I really don't believe in abortion," Bieber says. "It's like killing a baby?" How about in cases of rape? "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."
Everything happens for a reason?! That's the same kind of thinking lurking on Capitol Hill, where pro-life lawmakers have tried to narrow abortion exceptions to the never-defined "forcible rape." And a strain of that thinking is in states like South Dakota, where a bill would classify the murder of an abortion provider as justifiable homicide "if committed by any person in the lawful defense of such person, or of his or her husband, wife, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant, or the unborn child of any such enumerated person...."
Bieber is entitled to his opinions, of course. I just wish he'd stick to singing -- such as it is.