If you too have had trouble answering the question "What's a Bieber," it turns out the answer is surprisingly simple: a misogynist Christian. So, nothing very special or unusual I guess. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Justin Bieber reveals depressingly common, conservative Christian views about the rights and autonomy of others: homosexuality is just a "choice" and abortion is always wrong, even in cases of rape.
When asked what his views on homosexuality are, Bieber responded: "It's everyone's own decision to do that. It doesn't affect me and shouldn't affect anyone else." It is not clear whether he intended to label homosexuality as a lifestyle choice.
In his interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Bieber went on to say "I think you should just wait for the person you're ... in love with," when asked about abstinence. Despite his strong Christian background he did not argue against pre-martial sex.
"I really don't believe in abortion," he told the magazine "I think [an embryo] is a human. It's like killing a baby." He added that while it is "really sad" for a woman to become pregnant after being raped, he claimed that "everything happens for a reason."
"I don't know how that would be a reason," he added. "I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."
Source: Pink News
So if homosexuality is just a "choice," does this mean that Justin Bieber has to "choose' to be heterosexual? Is it a "choice" he struggles with, perhaps on a daily basis? Is homosexuality something he finds himself regularly drawn to, forcing him to reaffirm and reassert a heterosexual "choice"? It seems to me that the more one insists that being gay is a "choice," they more they are saying that heterosexuality is a "choice" -- and in particular, one they find they have to make over and over in order to avoid homosexuality.
If abortion is "killing a baby," even in cases of rape, then isn't it still "killing a baby" in cases where the mother's life is in danger? Justin Bieber reveals a bit more ideological consistency than many anti-choice activists, but refusing to allow abortion even when the mother's life is in danger is the most consistent stance for such misogynists. It's the logical conclusion when you try to claim that it's "murder" for a person to make their own decisions about who or what will use their body and organs.
I don't think it's a coincidence that both of the above issues revolve around "choice" -- and in particular, the desire to deny others the ability to make choices about their lives. What sort of society is it where we deny people the ability to make autonomous choices on the basis of ancient religious dogma? Oh, yeah, it's called a "theocracy." I guess we can add "theocrat" to our answer to the question "What's a Bieber?"