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Crime creates remorse unless you are Bieber

Free Bieber
Free Bieber

Nestled between the usual ignorant and irrelevant blurbs on my twitter Twitter feed I read two words: “Free Bieber.”

A plea for the Canadian pop-princess pretty-boy recently arrested on charges of DUI, drag racing, and resisting arrest.

“Trending” on Twitter was the dismissal of an action that kills thousands of people a year and injures thousands more.

Bieber, seemingly unfazed by his arrest, must have confused his head shot with his mug shot as he grinned for the camera with glassy eyes.

Fans offered continued support for Justin as he transitioned from high-life to real-life, cheering for him as he stepped out of the jail and into an Escalade.

People make mistakes. I get it. But as a society, are we really going to back this kid for drinking and driving? Did that suddenly become excusable? It is evident from his mugshot that he does not appear to feel the slightest built of guilt from his actions.

I’m mind-blown, but I can’t say I’m surprised.

Celebrities do seem to find ways to pass go and collect two hundred dollars, which is a lot more than the average game player.

All the money in the world can, in fact, buy you out of almost anything. Doesn’t it seem so?

Fame and money tend to put people high up on a pedestal, and maybe even above the law. But there are some things that should never be glorified and certainly not justified by any means.

There is no relationship between how many hit singles you’ve produced and the amount of lives you put in danger when you get behind the wheel of a car after taking prescription drugs, drinking, and smoking the dope. If an average citizen were to perform these actions they would not be supported, and Justin Bieber should not be an exception.

I don’t support you, Justin Bieber. Cheesin’ in your mug-shot like you’re something of a god.

Equally as disappointing is Bieber’s lady friend and drag racing passenger Chantel, trying to make a quick buck while promoting herself in a negation to sell the story for 20 thousand dollars and a mention of her up and coming modeling “career.”

Excusing these people of their misdemeanors only adds to their elevated importance.

Not saying what celebrities do is always right, just that if it is wrong, we are willing to overlook because of who they are.

In doing this, we allow them to be better than us. We allow them to be above the law because we worship them.

Would we still support Bieber if he had hit and killed someone? Because he could have.

Let’s not forget that people die as a result of drinking and driving, and dealing with the rich and famous will not change the outcome.

I do hope we reach this mutual understanding: Popularity isn’t a free pass. The same consequences apply to you and I as they do to people who make movies and sing.

Hopefully we’ll have enough sense to keep our support for drunk driving off of Twitter so that I don’t longer have to write about something so utterly ridiculous.

About the Contributor
Carly Yamrus
Carly Yamrus, Opinion Editor
Carly is a senior Communications Studies major with concentrations in public relations and rhetoric and a minor in marketing. Carly has completed internships with Motor Media, a boutique branding and marketing company, and the City of Wilkes-Barre. This past summer, she worked for Verizon selling phone Internet and television services to businesses in North Jersey. Carly has had over 2 year experience writing and editing for The Beacon as the Opinion Editor, and has now stepped aside in her last semester to help others learn the position. She now serves as a Senior Editor. Carly also enjoys the arts, snowboarding and writing, and is looking forward to traveling and volunteering abroad in the future.