Justin Bieber in Rolling Stone on politics: “whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad”

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Widdle Justin Bieber is on the cover of Rolling Stone’s March issue with his hair all mussed up and a leather jacket hanging off his shoulder. Rolling Stone has put an excerpt online, and Bieber kind of impressed me when he was talking about Canada’s healthcare system. He’s a religious kid but didn’t say teens should wait to have sex until they’re married, just until they’re in love. He also said he was pro-life and sounded largely clueless when it comes to politics “whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.”

rollingstonebieberOn waiting to have sex until love
“I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them,” Bieber says. When asked if he believes in abstinence until marriage, Bieber – who is reportedly dating fellow teen star Selena Gomez – seems wary: “I think you should just wait for the person you’re…in love with.”

Selena Gomez is his computer background
Near the end of their time together Grigoriadis caught a glimpse of Bieber’s desktop image on his laptop: It was him and Gomez against an orange sunset. Bieber quickly closed the computer when he noticed that Grigoriadis had seen the picture.

On Canada’s healthcare system
The Canadian-born Bieber never plans on becoming an American citizen. “You guys are evil,” he says with a laugh. “Canada’s the best country in the world. 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.”

On politics and abortion
He isn’t sure what political party he’d support if he was old enough to vote. “I’m not sure about the parties,” Bieber says. “But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” He does have a solid opinion on 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 guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

On his voice changing
Bieber’s voice began to change on his last tour. He’s now working with a vocal couch, which involves doing 20 push-ups before before a session to warm up his chest. “He’s got a nice tone tone to his voice now,” says his vocal coach Jan Smith. “It’s a good texture, but it doesn’t sound like what his fans think he sounds like. He’ll get four octaves eventually. He’s still young.”

[From Rolling Stone]

Did anyone see the episode of “30 Rock” a couple of weeks ago (with Matt Damon!) where Jack and Avery have to have their baby in Canada and get all indignant when they’re told it’s free? That cracked me the hell up. I liked what Bieber had to say about how healthcare is a basic human right, I’ll give him that. He may not have known that there’s a North and South Korea, but he thinks people shouldn’t go bankrupt to pay for medical bills. I would love it if some conservative pundits go after him for calling the US “evil.”

Bieber was also on Chelsea Lately this week. When she asked him how he felt about losing out for Best New Artist category at the Grammys this weekend he tried to be be gracious about it. He said he was upset about it and that “I’m not going to lie, people are expecting me to say something else, but I am disappointed… I’m really excited for her [Esperanza Spalding] she’s worked hard?” You could tell he didn’t really mean it, but at least he tried. He could have told his fans to step off of her online though.

Bieber also said he knew about the website “Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber” and seemed ok with it but didn’t say much. He also confirmed that Willow Smith is coming on tour with him overseas.

I think the kid is a twit with an overinflated sense of self, but he tries. I was ready to rip on him, but after I watched his Chelsea Lately interview I found him kind of funny. He even ripped on Lady Gaga’s outfits, calling them “weird,” and cracked a joke to Chelsea. She asked him “when do you have time to look at pictures of me,” and he said “I do that all the time. The ones with you and 50 [Cent].”

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, fast forward to 4:00 in to this interview.

Bieber is shown at the Brit Awards on 2/15/11. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. Melanie says:

    First Vanity Fair, now Rolling Stone the two magazines I susbscibe to. True story, I threw the Vanity Fair in the fireplace to kick start the fire and IT WOULD NOT BURN!

  2. Linda says:

    Well gol, he’s only 19 yrs. old. I’ll give him a break. He’s going to need some good guidance tho as he gets older.

  3. Melanie says:

    Actually Linda, Since I know everything I ever did not want to know about the Bieb: he is only 16.

  4. bored says:

    What ridiculous questions to ask a kid.
    He’s right on about our (canadian) health care system. When bad medical things are happening, most canadians are pretty grateful we don’t have to worry about the financial aspects of it.

  5. Kaye says:

    @Linda He was born in 1994. He’s not quite 19.

  6. guesty says:

    Well @ least he’s not as annoying as Miley is/was. Just don’t get his appeal especially with adults considering he’s incredibly immature.

  7. Sarah says:

    Linda, he’s like 16 not 19. Either way, I wasn’t too bright at his age. Most people I know weren’t too bright at his age. Eh whatever

  8. Quest says:

    At such a tender age, politics will be the last thing on a teenager’s mind. Go easy his still has a long way to go but (gulp) I did enjoy the interview he had with Chelsea (there I said it)

  9. Circe says:

    Aw, come on. He got closer than Sarah Palin on the Korea issue.

    And he should tussle up his hair some more.

  10. Mettel says:

    Well gol, he’s only 19 yrs. old. I’ll give him a break. He’s going to need some good guidance tho as he gets older.

    Uhm,… he is only 16 and I didn’t even know about stuff in politics when I was that young.

    Don’t like his music though.. (even though I have been catching myself singing baby baby after I have heard it in the supermarket – catchy stuff) but I like the fact that he is young (in a non pedophile way!!!) because the younger they get famous, the more messed up they are later (Britney, Christina..) Will see who gets the last laugh Bieber!

  11. Rachel says:

    CB, I think you’re giving him way too much credit, with the whole health care as a basic human right thing. While I appreciate your inference, I seriously doubt he made that leap himself. In fact, I doubt he concerns himself with human rights at all. That’s not intended as an insult to him (even though I can’t stand the kid), it’s just that he is just a kid. How many kids even think peripherally about human rights??

  12. Melanie says:

    Canadians are so damn prooouuud of their healthcare system aren’t they?

  13. Riley says:

    cosign@bored… I think it is terribly inappropriate to ask a 16 year old his or her views on abortion. Who was conducting the interview? Sarah Palin?

  14. Reality says:

    Me too Quest! I thought him and Chelsea had good chemistry and were both pretty charming. I actually laughed out loud at the cheeky 50cent comment, and the ‘touché girlfriend’ reply.

    Ug, I hate myself now.

  15. scotchy says:

    as a canadian from british columbia which happens to be one of the last provinces that makes you pay a premium on healthcare, at times one can worry about it.
    it isn’t free for everyone. needless to say i am completely unimpressed by this guy ( oops i meant child) and cannot wait for his voice to break.

  16. mln76 says:

    I actually knew alot about politics at 16, probably more than I know now. But I was a nerd back then and not a rock star.

  17. Brittney says:

    “Everything happens for a reason.” Wow. That, right there, is the reason that I loathe the mixing of religion and politics. If I ever have a daughter, I hope I don’t have to bring her up in a community that believes she deserves no control over what happens to her own body.

    I know he’s sixteen, but this kind of dangerous thinking is fed from a very young age. I just regret that his opinion might influence millions of girls.

  18. Quest says:

    @ Reality LOL, I am glad I am not alone on this one, but I must admit, the interview was really charming indeed

  19. Brittney says:

    Also, for all of you saying that kids his age don’t think about politics or human rights… I beg to differ. Adolescence is a time of rebellion and coming into yourself, and I sure as hell had a lot of opinions about human equality and political issues when I was his age. I campaigned for a presidential candidate (Gore) when I was thirteen, and those opinions hold true today. Any teenager growing up in a post-9/11 world has even less of an excuse not to be informed. The Daily Show makes it so easily digestible, for example, and these issues are affecting all of us, daily.

    The closed circuits of Hollywood do make for vapid brains, sure, but his age has nothing to do with it. I knew the difference between North and South Korea when I was ten, for God’s sake. You’re not giving young people enough credit.

  20. amoteafloat says:

    I’m with you, Brittany. He’s certainly old enough to comprehend that RAPE doesn’t just “happen for a reason,” and I think a public apology is in order, honestly. It’ll never happen, but it would be nice.

  21. Lauren says:

    He’ a boy, and a sixteen year old one at that. Why should he have an opinion on abortion? Probably better he doesn’t talk about such controversial topics given how many young girls hang off every word he says.

    And sorry, he may still be a ‘kid’ but to not know ‘what they have in Korea’? Come on, that is pure ignorance! If he were my kid, I’d be worried. Time to stop touring the world and get an education, mate.

  22. amoteafloat says:

    @Lauren — so…he should *definitely* have a concrete understanding of foreign policy, but he’s still too immature to understand that non-consensual sex is evil and immoral? Ooookaaaaaay.

    Personally, it’s not his opinion of abortion that has me so rankled — it’s his tossaway comment regarding pregnancies which result from sexual assault. Easy for *him* to say, really. And he’s ALSO old enough to know when to keep his piehole firmly shut.

  23. sisi says:

    oh dear, Dr. Bieber made me laugh. I feel weird…

  24. Liana says:

    I’m annoyed that he didn’t didn’t tell his fans to stop their crap regarding Esperanza Spalding or at least apologize for their actions. She won, he didn’t, stop acting like twats.

  25. original kate says:

    his age is not really an excuse for being ignorant. i was very politcally aware/active when i was 16, and i know lots of other people who were, too. having said that, why is he being asked political questions at all? he’s a tween sensation, nothing more. who cares what he thinks?

  26. Roma says:

    When I was a teenager in Canada I clearly remember teachers instilling in us that both healthcare and education were basic human rights. I’d assume the same happened with the Bieb, especially being from Ontario.

    And scotchy: yes, some provinces make you pay a small premium but the 1k a year it is is NOTHING compared to if you were uninsured in the states.

    So as a Canadian yes, I’m proud of my healthcare.

  27. homeslice says:

    I cant wait for a new tween idol to surface to knock this kid out of the spotlight for awhile.
    I had the misfortune of seeing him perform on the Grammys and I just wasnt feeling the talent at all. Maybe his voice changing is the cause but I dont get his fame at all.

  28. scotchy says:

    @ roma , absolutely, in this respect you are right, however now i live in france and i get a LOT more in terms of healthcare and it makes me realize that while canada is better than the us, it still has little ways to go…

    that being said this little s#*ts comments on rape, make me sick. i know he is 16 and obviously a moron, but one of his handlers should have helped him out.. ugh.. he makes me not proud to be canadian, how could we produce such crap?

  29. MeMyself says:

    I can’t understand why someone as rich as he is wouldn’t pay for the medical bills of his bodyguard’s child.

    This kid probably poops out money.

  30. Aries_Mira says:

    @ Melanie (#13) Damn straight I’m proud of our health care system!

    @ Roma (#27) – I’m in total agreement.

  31. H says:

    WHY/HOW is it mandatory in the US to have car insurance but not to have some type of medical insurance?!?! Are machines more important than ppl?!?!

    -Proud Canadian (and proud that we actually care about our citizens!)

  32. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Ugh, why even ask the boy these questions. He’s far too young and obviously spends most of his time preparing for his music gigs not reading or broadening his mind.

    I actually don’t think he needs to appologize for the rape comment but Rolling Stones does. It was honestly wrong of them to have probably a mid 30′s mid 40′s very intelligent reporter sandbag him in this manner. You don’t send Wolf Blitzer to ask Miley about foreign relations. She’s gonna look stupid no matter what. Bah. I never liked Rolling Stones anyway so this only proves my point.

  33. omondieu says:

    @H: Rock on, fellow Canadian! Could not agree more!

  34. Jackson says:

    What I want to know is why Rolling Stone even cares about this child? Really Rolling Stone, really? Justin Bieber? And for some reason I find that cover shot of him to be oddly…disturbing? IDK. It just looks kind of skeevy to me for some reason.

    @H – point taken on health insurance, but to answer re: car insurance….we have car insurance so if we cause an accident and injure someone then their bills will be paid. Also, to cover the cost of the vehicle if the bank still technically owns it.

  35. Roma says:

    @Jackson: We have mandatory car insurance too. H was making a point.

  36. Brittany says:

    1- There is a Brittany and a Brittney on here, and we are not the same person. Lol

    2 – Bieber could be a lot worse. He seems pretty grounded right now, and if I had a kid, I think the Biebs would be a good role model.

    3 – Bieber is probably like a lot of us, where he knows a lot about one thing, and not so much about another. I’m gonna cut him some slack.

    And for the record, what they have going on in (North) Korea IS bad. So he was technically correct. Lol

  37. Jackson says:

    @Roma – ahhh, I thought it was a legit question….

  38. Trace says:

    He’s right about Canada’s healthcare system. The American healthcare system is a travesty. If you get really sick in this country, you can literally go broke.

  39. K-MAC says:

    “everything happens for a reason.” oh dear God, this kid is an idiot. I know that one has the right to believe what they believe, but rape and abortion? everything happens for a reason? This is a child answering questions he knows nothing about nor has had any experience with this topic.

  40. K-MAC says:

    @ LittleDeadGirl, I agree, ROLLING STONES should NOT have been asking JB about abortion and rape, that is on them.

  41. skibunny says:

    I’m another proud Canadian from British Columbia! Unfortunately I think our healthcare system is declining rapidly. Still better than most but for how long?

  42. Bodhi says:

    That eppy of 30 Rock was HILARIOUS! I think that our (US) health care policies are a travesty & that affordable health care is & should be a basic human right.

    I was pretty damn aware at 16, but come on, this kid a commodity for public consumption. He may have tutors & whatnot on tour with him, but I think its a little ridiculous to expect him to be aware enough to answer questions on foreign policy. I can’t stand him, but I give him a pass on this. RS should have known better than to ask him questions like that

  43. jover says:

    That’s my concern Jackson why is this no talent corporate creation on RS. RS has gone downhill they’ve had nearly nude covers of Brittany and Xtina and of course two yrs that great musician Megan Fox graced their cover. All they are doing is pissing off what loyal readers remain with this fluff while the tweenies don’t even know what RS is or used to stand for they tweet and twitter. All these once cultural icons including VF and Playboy are bottom feeding Playboy of old would give nobel prize writers/thinkers 10-20 pages to expound their views not one paragraph. THis kid is completely a creature of the corporate entertainment industrial complex – the RS of 30 yrs would have dismissed him as such.

  44. filthycute says:

    Douchebag.

    I can’t wait to see his “My Meth Addiction” cover of People in 5 years.

  45. Katija says:

    Did he really just say “everything happens for a reason” when talking about rape? I feel bad for ever defending this guy. He wasn’t exactly on my iTunes, but I would occasionally turn up songs like “Somebody to Love” when they came on the radio. Those days are over!

  46. spinner says:

    The cover pic looks like a mug shot.

  47. Melanie says:

    Is that why British Columbian Canadians are meaner than normal Canadians? Because they pay 1,000 a year for healthcare and speak french?

  48. Zelda says:

    @Melanie:
    Yes. As a Canadian who has also lived in a country where I had to PAY for my care and diagnosis when of a genetic illness–how the F*CK can one justify charging for medical diagnoses and treatments? Of course people will find a way to pay for whatever it is–their lives are at stake.

    Where I’m from, we have a term for “pay or suffer/die”. It’s called extortion, eh?

  49. Melanie says:

    @Zelda: That is not right! At all. Now I am beginning to wonder about the so called “nice” Canadians. They seem very smug about their healthcare situation.

  50. DSMR says:

    Another substandard packaged product for the ignorant tween masses. In a few years this kid will be about irrelevant as a guy named “Shaun Cassidy” sans the horrid blue satin jacket.

  51. The Bobster says:

    “WHY/HOW is it mandatory in the US to have car insurance but not to have some type of medical insurance?!?! Are machines more important than ppl?!?!”

    It’s not. You can self-insure or not drive at all.

  52. CallieTrichid says:

    So, wait.

    He’s not qualified to talk about abortion in cases of rape, but he is to say it overall?

  53. Roma says:

    Yes, in Canada certain tests and treatments are self funded if they’re not considered medically necessary. Most preventative diagnostic testing offered in hospitals are covered by the governmental plan while the private clinic testing is not.

    Mammograms, government. Full body scanning, not.

    You have cancer? Hospital visits, treatment in hospital covered. Canadians have no room for complaint when people go bankrupt trying to pay their hospital bills in the states.

    And even though you have to pay for prescriptions (unless in a hospital) we have some of the lowest prescription drug prices in the world.

    Yes, waits can suck and would speed up if it was privatized. But as someone who survived cancer as a young adult, who could barely afford to eat KD, I’m thankful for our healthcare system.

  54. Crash says:

    Justin Bieber is a child who’s education is no doubt being seriously neglected so here’s a little education, Justin. Yeah, we may pay too much for our healtcare here (it certainly hasn’t taken me or many others our “whole lives” to pay off our deductibles and everyone in America has the choice of buying insurance or not. take a gamble…at least we have our lives. Unlike in Canada where it’s common for cancer patients to wait four months, a year for radiation…hernia? the wait is only three years…chronic pain? here’s a pill…the wait to diagnose two years and on and on and on…and the condition of your hospital emergency rooms? people piled waist deep on stretchers in gut wrenching stench filled conditions for five, six days? how many people in Canada die from a common curable or non commom curable disease because they can’t get treatment for YEARS? And guess what, honey, you DO pay for it. IF you pay taxes in Canada. And you can HARDLY compare our two countries since you have, what? , one TENTH of our population? Read a few books, news publications, heck! something on Google that isn’t about toy helicopters…then get back to me.

  55. Crash says:

    to Bobster: LIABITLITY insurance is mandatory. Um, that’s the part of the insurance that covers the OTHER guy for injury (not just his car) in the event you’re at fault. Yeah. It’s for the person…not just the machine. Jeez. I hope you don’t drive.

  56. Crash says:

    and lastly, I pay a premium of 2400.00 per year for unlimited healtcare. All the latest procedures. Immediate treatment. all the medications I want and a clean well staffed hospital to recover in. Most people here will pay that much or more for their tech services every year. for the latest i-phone or flat screen tv…but complain when they have to spend that much for health insurance??? i have no pity for you. You Canadian’s so concerned about our healtcare system? Just come here illegally and go to any emergency room in the Country. FREE healtcare. Top of the line. immediate. (unlike Canada) healtcare! That’s what the Mexican’s do. It’s ALSO one of the primary reasons our healcare IS so expensive.

  57. skibunny says:

    @Melanie: what’s up? You don’t like us Canucks?

    @spinner: lol at the mug shot comment! I agree.

  58. Natasha says:

    I have a 16yo brother who readily spouts off about things he isn’t informed on, and he never qualifies it with a “I’ve never been there so I can’t judge” so kudos to Bieber for at least realizing that it was a loaded topic that he was ill-prepared for. The bottom line is teenagers are remarkably dumb, but not nearly as dumb as the interviewer was for asking a kid about politics.

  59. Jaana says:

    Of course he thinks he’s the shit. he rolls with a lot of rich black folks.. @ natasha I agree, he is a kid he doesnt follow world politics.

  60. Zelda says:

    @Crash

    Free emergency? My sister was taken to emergency in Denver with heat stroke and it cost her 500 dollars for an hour of shade, water, and aspirin. In 1996.

    And 2400 seems like a HELL of a lot of money. I find it hard to believe most Americans can afford that.

    Also the list is not first come first serve in Canada. It is based on need. If you need chemotherapy immediately, you get it immediately. There are no wait ists for injuries or ilnesses in which delayed response will threaten life.

    I did have to wait for physiotherapy, once. three weeks. And a friend of mine had a hernia taken care of within a week, unpaid so…where are your stats coming from?

    Further, you’d be amazed by the number of American border jumpers in Canadian emergency rooms. You hardly have the monopoly on bitching about that.

    And “people piled waist deep on stretchers in gut wrenching stench filled conditions for five, six days?”

    ?!?!?!?!

    I don’t know whether to laugh at you for thinking that is true or be terrified by your total lack of knowledge of Canada. It’s pretty absurd though, So I’m leaning toward laughing my @ss off

  61. Melanie says:

    @Skibunny. No I love Canucks. You guys make me laugh with your sweetness.

  62. qmamzmwmsmxm says:

    I’m Korean.

    Of course, SOUTH KOREAN.

    Anyway, when i first saw this title, i can’t believe what the heck this snot saying. pahahahahaha.

    But please, don’t say that “korea is bad”.

    “North korea is bad” is correct!!!!

    South korea and North korea is completely absolutely different country!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But of course, this little pussie boy probably don’t know if there is a “south” and “north” korea. LOL

  63. Camille says:

    What a dickhead this kid is.
    I agree however with those saying that asking him some of those questions was a bit much for a 16 year old, but still, some of his answer, ugh.

    That cover photo is the closest I have ever seen of him looking like a REAL boy!

  64. Melanie says:

    Crash, I also believe you are misinformed. My little family has a pre existing heart condition in it. We have not had healthcare since 2007 because we cannot afford the premiums. Where exactly are you getting your information?

  65. Dingles says:

    “Everything happens for a reason.” Are you KIDDING me? I’ve always felt apathy bordering on mild disdain for this kid, but now I actively want to punch him in the face.

  66. eja102 says:

    I’m Canadian, and live about 1/2 hour from where The Biebs grew up.

    I would think our education was much the same. I am 22.
    I learned a lot more than “what Korea has”.
    Did he even finish high school?

    I fully appreciate that if the need arose, I could go down the street to the hospital and see someone, and not worry about money. I don’t have private insurance and am not covered by my parents, so I pay for my prescriptions, eye tests, etc.

  67. Ruffian9 says:

    “Everything happens for a reason.”

    CHILD.
    SIT.
    DOWN.

  68. AveryJessup says:

    I think everyone needs to chill on his “everything happens for a reason” comment. He may be inarticulate and ignorant, but I don’t think he’s malicious. People use that “everything happens” cliche all the time for every type of tragedy. Anyone who’s ever lost a family member has heard it at least once. Maybe you think its insensitive and stupid, but its not the Bieber’s invention.

  69. VV007 says:

    LaineyGossip wrote a pretty good commentary on child stars and the bubble they live in.

    It’s apparent Biebs is the Bubble Boy.

  70. DD says:

    @Crash – and the condition of your hospital emergency rooms? people piled waist deep on stretchers in gut wrenching stench filled conditions for five, six days? how many people in Canada die from a common curable or non commom curable disease because they can’t get treatment for YEARS


    Where are you getting your information from? I’m Canadian and I’ve been to the hospital many times. The emergency rooms do not look like that. I’ve been treated for common curable stuff, I’ve had family members treated for major stuff. I’ve had surgeries in a timely fashion. Geez you make us sound like we are a poverty stricken country. Our health care system is not great and definitely not the best, personally I’ve heard of much better health care systems in some countries in Europe where health care is also free. And yes it’s not truly free, the tax payers pay tax for this obviously.
    But I’ve yet to hear a fellow Canadian say gee, I wish I had to pay for expensive insurance, which I may not be able to afford or my premiums may be too high or I may be rejected because I may have pre-existing conditions etc….
    If anything we are jealous of those European countries that are even better subsidized with better health-care than our own.
    I pay a lot of taxes but the one thing I’m proud of paying taxes for is that everyone in Canada, whether they are down on their luck, have pre-existing conditions or not, will be treated without being financially ruined including myself.
    Hey if you like your health care system that’s great. A lot of Canadians appreciate their health care system too and hope it gets even better, but all of the canadians I’ve had this discussion with are afraid of modelling the American health care system.
    Don’t take this as an insult, I still think America is a great country in many ways… I also think your health care expertise is better than ours but it seems to be accessible to only those that can afford it and/or are lucky to have affordable insurance.

  71. The-T-Rocks says:

    JUSTIN DREW BIEBER IS A SEXY BOY I WISH HE CAN COME TO MY AND GET FREAKY WITH ME
    SO NOW HE CAN CALL ME TO TELL ME IF HE LIKES ME OR NOT WHAT AM I SAYING HE WILL LIKEC ME XOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. Angel says:

    eh, he is 16. When I was sixteen I knew shitall about North, or South, Korea. Now I am 27 and live here and know the nuances and complete History of the place. That’s how it goes.

    He seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and I like that he can have an opinion on something like abortion while still realizing he’s not been there so it’d be wrong for him to really give a definite answer. Frankly, asking such a question to a sixteen year old is kind of an asshole move, but he handled it as well as he could at his age, I think.

    I don’t really get why this kid is so famous. I find it a little strange, ngl.

  73. april says:

    He’s a very astute young man. He’s right, everything does happen for a reason; nothing is random in this universe. I disagree with him on abortion rights; I think everyone should be able to choose. I agree with him that health care is a human right. He seems pretty talented and wise for a 16 year old. I hope he stays grounded with all of his success and adoration.

  74. garvels says:

    I am a healthcare consultant and I find it curious that a significant number of Canadian doctors are leaving Canada to practice in the U.S.-Why is that?? I also find it curious that leaders of foreign nations,kings and dignataries travel to the U.S.,(usually Mayo or the Cleveland Clinic) for treatment not Canada.

    I grew up very poor and we never went broke because of healthcare because even though we were poor my parents made sure our family paid for healthcare insurance. I also find it odd that the people who say they can’t afford healthcare can somehow afford big screen TV’s,new cars,the latest gadgets etc..

    There are certain things in the U.S. System that require remedies such as more competitive insurance rates and coverage of preexisting conditions and government assistance for the people who truly need assistance. Allowing price competition across state lines would go along way in reducing rates.

    Illegal Immigration has created a huge burden for the hospitals and taxpayers in the U.S.. The illegal immigrants use the most expensive care in the U.S. for treatment, the emergency room.This is a major issue for hospitals on the border states. I never tried this but I think I am going to cross the border into Canada without ID and see if I can be treated for free in Canada. If I do, I will pass this information on to may friends and family.

    I am also irritated with the need for Canadian performers and other international performers to slam the very country that has given them the opportunity to make millions and has allowed them to achieve their dreams. I think my fellow Americans are also getting very tired of this anti-American rhetoric and I think the world will see Americans like myself become very isolationist in our views and our entertainment tastes in the near future.

    I also don’t quite understand the need for people to rip on the citizens of another country, but if that is what you folks enjoy doing-go for it…after all the U.S.A. is for now a free country!

  75. KsGirl says:

    Ugh, I don’t like the Rolling Stone cover hair! And while agreeing that the “everything happens for a reason” comment was and almost always is an idiocy, I forgive him. He is 16, I highly doubt his education is a priority for the people around him and…yeah. Being sweet and gorgeous isn’t hurting his case, either.

    And, Crash? Those 6 day waits in stinky waiting rooms? Those don’t happen here in Canada, so you’re misinformed about that. I’m somewhat politically conservative and couldnt love our healthcare system more.

  76. CeeCee says:

    stop singing annoying songs and go back to school Justin. Canada has a great education system too, utilise it.
    Agree with Camille though, topics where a little heavy for someone his age and he sounds unfairly more childish and stupid than usual

  77. Pirouette says:

    Its a shame that he is so ignorant. Its not his fault that the society he exists in has taught him that there is a purpose to rape.

    What is frightening is that some of you are more concerned with his comments on healthcare in Canada.

  78. Zelda says:

    @garvels
    “I am a healthcare consultant and I find it curious that a significant number of Canadian doctors are leaving Canada to practice in the U.S.-Why is that??”

    Uh money. Obviously. That’s the problem with the care system here–it can’t pay doctors the kind of money that for-profit healthcare can.

    “Illegal Immigration has created a huge burden for the hospitals and taxpayers in the U.S.. The illegal immigrants use the most expensive care in the U.S. for treatment, the emergency room.This is a major issue for hospitals on the border states. I never tried this but I think I am going to cross the border into Canada without ID and see if I can be treated for free in Canada. If I do, I will pass this information on to may friends and family.”

    As I said already, you can and do. A friend is RCMP and according to him southern Ontario document forgers do tidy business in fake provincial health cards for border-crossing US citizens. It is cardboard, easily forged, and the only thing you need for complete healthcare coverage. But I’ve been to emergency once without my card, and accompanied a friend without hers. The hospital is not permitted to turn emergency care away, so we were admitted and treated with only an address…so…yeah, I guess you and your loved ones can abuse it, if you are interested in that.

  79. Eve says:

    Being only 16 years old is not an excuse for being that ignorant (talking about the rape comment). I was only 12 when I realized what sexual intercourse was really like (note: I was raised in a catholic family that refused to talk about the subject) and it did not take much to assume that a forced situation would be extremely traumatizing to anyone who was a victim of it. You know why? Because at the age of 12 I knew how to open a f*cking newspaper and read it.

    Unfortunately, instead of trying to learn about the things he doesn’t know, he’ll probably keep saying shit like this since there are people willing to forgive him on the grounds that he’s “too young”.

  80. Zelda says:

    @eve

    A newspaper? He has never heard of German:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFVkHLT4wlI

    (hahahahahahaha at it, btw)

  81. Eve says:

    @ Zelda:

    Things like that make me lose my faith in humanity — if I ever had any.

    You see, my parents didn’t have much education but they tried to provide a good one for their children. And fortunately for me, I learned from a very young age that ignorance is a reason for embarrassment, not pride.

    If a young person says something wrong, he/she should be corrected. In a clear and simple way — not being given a pass every time they do so.

  82. Zelda says:

    @eve
    I 100% agree with everything you said. Except losing faith in humanity. People all over the world have long been idiots. ;)

  83. Eve says:

    @ Zelda:

    Thanks! And it’s all right. Maybe I’m a natural born pessimist.

    P.S.: I’m leaving this thread now because I don’t want to be on the Bielebers’s black list. They may be young and naïve but they sure have nails.

  84. Jayna says:

    He’s only 16. What’s with asking him questions that he has not enough life experience and maturity to answer.

    I do like Justin. He’s funny. But time to lose the old hairstyle. It’s over. He looks much better on the cover of the mag.

  85. Anj says:

    She looks like a lesbian……wait a second she is a ‘she’ right?

  86. WOM says:

    So I’m a Canadian who would has two comments:

    1. Thanks to ZELDA for making some really great points about our Healthcare system, and
    2. Why the fcuk isn’t Bieber (or his record company or management team) providing his bodyguard with full healthcare coverage? Or at the v. least offering to cover expenses for that baby.

  87. Shannon says:

    I live in Minnesota (which borders Canada, obviously) and I can attest to the fact that a lot of people here hop over the border for medical care. In fact, we even had state-funded busing for seniors to be taken there to fill their prescriptions because it’s even cheaper than here even if you have insurance in a lot of cases!

    And our insurance situation is deplorable here. I was recently told by my insurance company that because antacids are readily available over the counter, they would no longer be paying for my special antacid. The problem? I have a rare illness that cannot be treated with just any antacid. My doctor told them this. Twice. In writing. And my insurance company said “too bad we’re not paying for it.”

    You know how much I’m paying for that one medication each month now? $300 totally out of pocket. And I have insurance. Does that make sense to you?

  88. Beatrix says:

    “…and sounded largely clueless when it comes to politics ‘whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.’” LMAO. You can really deduce from the statement that JB is the brightest of the young celebrities his age. Being 16 isn’t an excuse to not be aware of what’s happening in the world.

  89. _Salem_ says:

    I completely agree with him about American healthcare. I live in a country (Australia) with universal healthcare, and I cannot understand why America is so backward and barbaric that they won’t join the other CIVILISED and PROGRESSIVE western countries. All modern, progressive 1st world western societies EXCEPT AMERICA, have universal healthcare. When is America going to come out of the dark ages? That Americans can’t get medical attention unless they have private health insurance is absolutely disgusting it is beyond anything imaginable for a so-called modern and progressive country. I’d love to travel to America but I’m afraid if I got sick over there, I would be left to die like many people. In Australia, it is FREE to see a Dr, and you see the same Drs and have the same treatment as those small minority that have private health insurance. America is so backward and barbaric its scary.