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Did Justin Bieber Really Tell Rolling Stone that Rape 'Happens for a Reason'?

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Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

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The Bieb has had to learn some tough lessons since becoming one of the world's biggest child pop stars. (Remember that whole gay-bashing thing? Can't a lil' millionaire play laser tag without being harassed?) Well, here comes another one.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, cover star Justin Bieber, .a.k.a. Super Boy, was grilled on politics, sex, and sexual politics. The topic of abortion was broached and the wee Christian bro sorta, kinda wound up justifying forcible sex. Whoops!

Was the magazine out of line in asking a 16-year-old to weigh in on such an adult issue? Has Bieber committed an unforgivable faux pas? Read for yourself:

He isn't sure what political party he'd support if he was old enough to vote. "I'm not sure about the parties," Bieber says. "But whatever they have in Korea, that's bad." He does have a solid opinion on abortion. "I really don't believe in abortion," Bieber says. "It's like killing a baby?" How about in cases of rape? "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."

You don't have to be a geometry whiz (if A=B and B=C, then A=C -- transitive law, bitch) to connect the dots on that one. Read more excerpts over at Rolling Stone. It's quite possible that rape simply doesn't exist in Bieber's world: "I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them." Oh, the lessons to be learned.

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