Blog: Deporting Justin Bieber is silly and unnecessary

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Over the past few years, Justin Bieber has had more influence than almost any other pop star. Ever since his 2009 release of “One Time,” the Canadian singer has had teenage girls fawning and fangirling over him, while still making relatively good pop music. However, his innocent boy charm dissipated in 2013, when he began to have repeated run-ins with law enforcement, among other things. This culminated on Thursday, Jan. 23, when Bieber was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, driving without a valid license and resisting arrest. After a toxicology report, THC (a chemical in marijuana) and Xanax (an anti-anxiety medicine) were both found in Bieber’s system.

Days after the pop singer’s mug shots had taken the internet by storm, a petition for Bieber to be deported back to Canada and his green card to be revoked was made on whitehouse.gov. The petition, which states that Bieber wrongly represents the U.S. in pop culture and is “dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing,” already has over 245,000 signatures. The Obama Administration is expected to respond to the petition soon, due to the fact that it has already reached the necessary 100,000 signatures. The only question is, is this petition really necessary? I, for one, say no.

First of all, a petition can’t actually do anything about Justin Bieber. Sure, the U.S. can kick him out, but will that stop him from making music? Probably not. A singer of his magnitude would still be played on the radio and his music would still sell, no matter where he’s living.

Second, this is a silly matter to bring the government into. While I’m a big proponent of First Amendment rights, the right to petition your government shouldn’t be used for petty things like this. Now more than ever, the White House and President Barack Obama have way more pressing issues to address, and adding the deportation of a pop singer to that list is downright laughable.

Lastly, Bieber can still get his life back together. He’s just going through some tough times right now, and maybe this arrest will be the wake-up call he needs. If Bieber can make more good music and lose some of his bad boy persona, then he can once again be the loved pop singer he used to be.

So, don’t be the next to sign the petition to deport Bieber. It’s merely a childish way to deal with a pop singer who’s made a few bad decisions, and it’s not something that our government should be involved in. Everyone deserves a second chance, including Justin Bieber.

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