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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Deport Justin Bieber!

Justin Bieber was arrested this morning for DUI and speeding.

I'm really curious to see how this all plays out.  I wonder if his legal team will help him weasel into some posh rehab joint?  Maybe he'll end up in one of those fancy celebrity hang-outs, where other fallen teen stars go to hang out, talk about how difficult it is to be famous, and work on their tans.

Deport him back to Canada!
I'm frankly sick and tired of watching the criminal justice system take it easy on celebrities and other wealthy DUI offenders.  Drunk driving is a horrible crime!  Let's put it in context.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 33,687 people were killed in automobile accidents in 2010.  They have other reports suggesting that between 40-50% of these deaths are alcohol related.  This means that about 16,000 people were killed in alcohol related crashes.  In the same year, there were 11,078 firearm homicides.

And car accidents are also costly.  The same studies estimate that the lifetime costs of deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.  
It's a real shame that people who have money and resources can skirt the consequences for such dangerous behavior.  I'm sure many of you remember the recent case of a wealthy teen who killed 4 people in a drunken driving accident.  His attorney and psych team argued that he had a bad case of "affluenza" and didn't understand the repercussions of his reckless behavior.  Really?!

Ultimately, I believe in the chance for rehabilitation and think everyone should have the opportunity to atone for their wrongs.  But, I think it's a real joke how our criminal justice system treats celebrities and others who get DUIs.  Maybe I'm old school about this, but I think the penalties should be much harsher for DUI offenders.  They should be akin to those for discharging a firearm in a public place.  If anything, DUI is similar to--if not potentially more dangerous--than firearm related injuries.

How do you all feel about Bieber?  I think he should get deported back to Canada!


  1. I guess people are taking this seriously!

  2. Beiber is a real danger to people. However, as for why he is acting like this, I would say that it is a cause of the backlash of his image when he was younger. I remember with my friends questioning the manliness of Beiber. Today, it is more about the reckless and dangerous actions that he commits. These reckless and dangerous actions are like his way to express his masculinity which is action assertive and savage- which is not a quality that is related to being feminine. Nevertheless, I would not want him in Canada. I have enough news to read when our honourable mayor acts up.