Singer accused of stereotyping Canadian aboriginals
If Justin Bieber could just not speak to the Rolling Stone ever again that would be grand. Every time the boy opens his mouth in the presence of one of their journos something stupid comes out that ends up offending a lot of people. First it was his comments on abortion, and now he has upset the Canada’s Aboriginal community by saying they get “free gas.”
Speaking about his heritage, Beibs said: "Part Indian... I think Inuit or something?" Before adding: "I’m enough per cent that in Canada I can get free gas.”
Now The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is upset with him, feeling that he is 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."
Dwight Dorey, the congress’s national vice-chief, 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."
Oh Justin, we highly doubt that you are one bit racist, but do us a favour and think before you speak, yeah?