Canadian Pop start and teen sensation Justin Bieber landed in hot water earlier this month when he was arrested on charges of drag racing and driving under the influence. Now the American people have spoken. The White House is officially supposed to respond to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov which calls for Bieber to be deported and his green card to be revoked.
Justin Bieber petition hits 100,000 signatures
Under the terms of the petition site, the White House is supposed to respond (although of course it doesn’t always) to petitions which receive at least 100,000 signatures. Supposedly, the White House responds to these petitions within 30 days. At least check, the petition calling for Justin Bieber’s deportation had more than 224,000 signatures, and counting.
The petition states that the American people are being “wrongly represented in the world of pop culture.” And it says that “the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber” be deported and have his green card revoked. The petition says that the pop star is “a terrible influence” on American youth and that the U.S. should “remove Justin Bieber from our society.”
Bieber arrested on DUI, drag racing charges
The petition is dated Jan. 23, which is the same day on which reports about Bieber’s arrest surfaced. ABC News reports that State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said that just because a petition is posted on the site it doesn’t always mean steps will be taken. She said the site simply provides the American people a way to make their voices hear. The State Department would be the agency that would cancel a visa.
“We’re getting down quite a rabbit hole here with Justin Bieber,” ABC News quotes Psaki as saying. “But … I will check and see what the visa implications would be for anybody who is found of possibly violating the law.”
The White House has a sense of humor
Although most petitions tend to be pretty serious, some may be taking this petition as rather tongue-in-in-cheek. For example, someone petitioned the White House to make Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the USA” the new national anthem (talk about a terrible influence on youth!).
Someone else suggested that the government build the Death Star so that more jobs would be created. Whoever writes these responses clearly had fun with that Death Star one because the response was that the White House wouldn’t move forward with the idea because it cost $850,000,000,000,000,000 to build the Death Star.