The Deport Justin Bieber Petition. Yes, there is one. What’s more, the Obama administration is obligated to officially respond to it.
“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 nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
The Deport Justin Bieber Petition doesn’t say whether the alleged “terrible influence on our nation’s youth” is the result of Bieber’s recent arrest for drag racing while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs or the Canadian-born singer’s bouncy brand of bubblegum pop music.
Whatever the reason, the Deport Justin Bieber Petition, which was initially posted by “J.A. from Detroit,” received the 100,000 signatures needed to require a White House response within six days.
This isn’t the first time the Canadian singer has been in hot water in recent months. Also contributing to his apparent attempt at a bad boy image are pending felony charges of egging a home in his gated Los Angeles community and a physical altercation with the paparazzi.
This time around, Bieber was arrested for drag racing a rented yellow Lamborghini. According to an MSN News report, his opponent was R&B star Khalil Amir Sharieff, who was driving a Ferrari. Police clocked Bieber driving between 55 and 60 in a 30mph zone. According to the report, Bieber initially resisted arrest, but later admitted to police that he had taken prescription meds, alcohol and marijuana.
The Deport Justin Bieber Petition has its dissenters. The LA Timesreports that a fan has started a counter-petition on the We the People website, which reads:
“The whole idea of Justin Drew Bieber getting deported is completely unfair. He doesn’t deserve this…. With your help, we can stop it. He’s human. He’s not perfect. The media sees the bad side of him. Please. He’s saved so many lives. Including mine. A lifesaver shouldn’t deserve this.”
The petition doesn’t say whether the Biebs actually did something heroic or if the fans’ lives were saved by the inspirational lyrics of hits such as “Baby,” “Never Say Never,” and “Beauty and a Beat.”
As of Wednesday morning, the counter-petition had just under 1,500 signatures. If 98,500 more Americans sign on, it, too, will require a response from the Obama administration.
As for Bieber getting the boot? The Associated Pressreports that State Department spokesperson Jan Psaki has said it’s not likely. Says Psaki:
“(Gaining 100,000 signatures) doesn’t always determine a step will be taken, it’s more of another opportunity for the voices of the American people to be heard. We’re getting down quite a rabbit hole here with Justin Bieber, but I will check and see what the visa implications would be for anybody who is found of possibly violating the law.”
Under current US law, visas are typically only revoked after conviction for a violent crime or a crime resulting in a prison sentence greater than one year. Since Bieber’s alleged crimes only carry potential six month sentences and community service time, it’s unlikely President Obama – who had the Biebs out to sing at the White House for Christmas – is going to exercise executive privilege to initiate deportation procedures.
So, all this signatures mean that the Obama administration will have to respond, but that’s likely all the satisfaction signers of the Deport Justin Bieber Petition will get.