Should This Be News?
Breaking the headline news last Thursday was 19-year-old Justin Bieber’s mugshot. Thursday night, Bieber was reportedly drag racing in a rented yellow Lamborghini against friend Khalil Sharieff, also 19, in a red Ferrari, and was caught on camera by a private home’s surveillance. Two black SUVs can be seen blocking traffic at intersecting roads so that the two individuals could race down the streets of Miami.
Police reported that Bieber was driving between 55-60 miles per hour in a speed zone of 30 miles per hour at 4 a.m. Thursday morning. When asked to step out of the car, Bieber is said to have been using foul language and smelled of alcohol.
Bieber was charged with driving with an expired license, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. He admitted to consuming alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. His $2,500 bail was paid and Bieber was then fined $1,000 for the DUI, $1,000 for resisting arrest, and then $500 for driving with an expired license.
Bieber is also already under investigation for allegedly egging his neighbors California home, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage.
Bieber ended his ordeal by hopping on top of his black Cadillac Escalade, waving to screaming fans.
Is this news?
Yes, unfortunately this is defined as news. The conflict to this disturbing ordeal is that Bieber does not understand the extent to his actions. To an ordinary individual, the fines for charges alone would have put a huge strain on their wallet which would cause them to look further into their incorrect actions.
To Bieber, $5,000 is petty cash.
Bieber needs to feel blessed that he has a career where he can support himself at such a young age. Being able to be independent from the dependency of your parents is a relief. Instead, he flaunts around with no dignity to his actions, setting bad examples for younger individuals – highlighted by him hopping on his car to wave to fans like he is “a big shot”.
Bieber is not a special individual.
According to the law, he is equal to any other person. He should not be singled out. A petition is being signed on the White House’s “We The People” website to send Bieber back to Canada has reached the 100,000 signatures needed to be addressed by the administration. The petition states:
We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.
There are rules in societies that keep others around you safe. Being a celebrity does not mean there are different rules. Speed limits are enforced all around the country to keep pedestrians and property safe.
Unfortunately, celebrities are in a different realm of reality due to their large sums of money. These traffic violations do not hurt their wallets, and therefore they shrug it off like it’s a little scratch.
The people that are condoning Bieber’s inappropriate behavior may be the fans, media, his close relationships, and his parents.
The fans: Instead of criticizing his multiple actions as bad, the fans pleaded with law enforcements to let him out of jail. This is a boost to his ego, ensuring that the fans will have his back in any situation. The characteristics Bieber is showing are not those of a good role model, and we all know the his recent actions are negative.
A scenario to all Bieber fans to ponder: You and your sister or brother are walking back from school. It’s a quiet day, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary, the usual. Out of nowhere, it comes in a flash. A reckless driver jumps the curb in the midst of a drag race. Your sister, your brother; dead. One minute your were both walking side by side, not a care in the world. Now you have lost a part of your family – your flesh and blood.
Would you still support Justin Bieber? Are you and your friends and cousins going to be “Beliebers?” Fans, he has not hurt anyone yet, but continuing to forgive his actions could lead to that if he isn’t forced to open his eyes.
The media: This ordeal is news, unfortunately. It’s what is cooking on the burner, and everyone wants a bite. We had a taste, it tasted gross, let’s move on. Stop picking at the bones when there is no meat left.
Again, it puts greater attention in the wrong direction. Stop buying the story, it’s a disgrace to real news that can benefit others. Publicity is more money, more reviews, but it sends the wrong message to the younger individuals. It is like saying “Bieber did something wrong and spent a few hours in jail, paid a few fines, but hey, if you make a lot of money you can get away with that.”
It’s the wrong message.
His close relationships and parents: Friends know when to have an intervention, and parents know when to be parents. Legally, Bieber is of age – mentally…no. I can not speak for Bieber’s parents, because I do not know what they are doing to help him, but parental guidance is needed before it goes too far.
A scenario to his friends: Bieber is looking for something fun to do. He finds a quiet neighborhood to hang out in. A straight long street, 30 miles per hour, he decides he is going to drive 60 mph. Little does he realize school has gotten out for most middle schoolers.
Racing down the street, kids come out of nowhere. He hits one. At high speeds, that child is dead. That’s manslaughter. Hopefully, it will not become a hit and run. Hopefully, you, yourself were not in the car.
In every action there is a message. The message Bieber is stating is, ‘I am invincible because I am famous and nothing can hurt me.’
As a 19-year-old from the East coast, I see an immature boy who does not see the harmful outcomes to his actions; the impact they can have on loved ones and the world around him.
This is not a light topic to throw around in the media. It is a serious topic that thankfully ended safely.