Nearly 80,000 people sign petition to have Justin Bieber deported
Justin Bieber performs at beach as he takes a break in resort in Punta Chame on outskirts of Panama City Photo: Image by Tom Peters Thomson Reuters
CREATED Jan. 28, 2014
The petition urges the Obama administration to revoke the green card of the Canadian singer, and send him back to his native country.
It reads: “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. 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.”
Bieber, 19, is set to be arraigned on Valentine’s Day, Feb, 14, at 9 a.m. for his pending charges in Florida, including a DUI.
In related news, the head of Bieber’s record label has spoken out, saying the singer “needs help.”
According to British newspaper The Mirror, Universal Music chief Lucian Grainge “broke with company protocol to make a public plea to Justin to take a break from music. Speaking at the official Universal Music Group Grammys after show party at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, [Grainge reportedly] said: ‘I’m very concerned about him. I’ve been concerned about him for many months.’
“He needs help. He needs an intervention,” Grainge continued. “We are going to give all the support as a company to take as much pressure off him so he can look forward. Hopefully, we will all get through to him.
“You cannot just pick someone up and force them to do something if they are not ready,” Grainge continued. “All of us around him need to take all the responsibility, all the pressure off him and give him support so he can address the issues he has – and he does have issues. And I’d like it to be dealt with.”
The Mirror also reports that Bieber’s mentor, R&B star Usher, flew to Panama (where Bieber is currently holed up) last weekend “in an attempt to talk him into going to rehab.”