Deport Justin Bieber? A petition asking for just that is apparently headed to the White House, having obtained the 100,000 signatures needed within a month. This puppy actually hit the mark within six days.
"We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture," the petition reads. "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."
It's one thing to have haters; quite another to have them take their case to the president of the United States (whose daughters, incidentally, have been fans).
Now, it's unlikely that Bieber, 19 and Canadian, will actually be deported, because nothing he's done so far (or been accused of doing) rises to the legal standard for deportation, according to attorneys who spoke with Nation Now. However, Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post playfully suggested getting rid of him by revoking his visa for people with "extraordinary ability in the arts" on the grounds that he's really nothing special, artistically.
The DUI "drag racing" case against him in Florida is falling apart a bit as GPS equipment on the cars showed no such race, and breath tests showed Bieber at .014 and .011 blood alcohol content (.08 is legally intoxicated) and his buddy Khalil, the driver of the other car, at zero, according to TMZ. Yet to come are tests that will show if the drivers had been smoking marijuana, as Bieber reportedly admitted to police.
But the possibly felony egging of his neighbor is still hanging out there as police investigate the incident, even though rumor has it that Bieber might not be long for his Calabasas neighborhood. And even the mayor of that city acknowledged to The Times that "[w]e have unfortunately had a number of breaches of the peace related to Mr. Bieber and his residence, and the sheriff has acted appropriately in addressing those incidents."
So is anyone going to do anything about Bieber's off-the-rails behavior? Perhaps manager Scooter Braun, speaking in the March issue of British GQ (via MTV News) has a clue about what to do.
"I think to help him get through that, I have to hold him to a higher standard. I can't baby him. I can't tell him ... this is unfair. I can say there is only one way around this, either we quit and let you try and find a normal life or you realize that this is what this is and we've got to keep fighting."
And he noted how it looks from Bieber's point of view too.
Said Braun of his young charge, "He said that people just assume the worst things about him before he does anything."