Canada’s Aboriginal community is upset by teen heart throb Justin Bieber on the comments made by him during an interview with the Rolling Stone journalist. The Canadian born pop singer raised the racial topic by saying they got ‘free gas’.
During the interview Justin was asked about his heritage to which he said, “Part Indian… I think Inuit or something?” Before adding: “I’m enough per cent that in Canada I can get free gas.” This has angered the Canadian Aboriginal community accusing him of encouraging a stereotype that they work hard to fight against.
National Chief Betty Ann Lavallee said: “These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal Peoples in Canada struggle with every day. “It promotes the misconception that we are somehow getting a free ride. This simply is not the case and we are concerned that many people may believe what he said.”
The congress’s national vice-chief Dwight Dorey also added, “We have enough issues with racism and stereotyping. A young, high-profile entertainer like Justin has a huge following. He has a major impact on young people. That concerns me. Given that Mr. Bieber is still a young man, and unaware of the facts here, I personally don’t think he should be beat up over this comment. We don’t think he was trying to be malicious, or making a joke of aboriginal issues.”
We know that Justin would be one of the last people who would like to be tagged a racist. But I think its time that Juatin should watch out with what he speaks. Earlier too he had upset many people with his views on abortion which was published in the Rolling Stone magazine. Given the history of his recent tussles with the journalists, Justin should watch his step.