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Justin Bieber trashes troll who tells him to ‘worry about Canada’

Delhi News-Record 2020-07-13 20:36:27

In this file photo, Canadian singer Justin Bieber arrives at the Regency Bruin Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2020. LISA O'CONNOR / AFP via Getty Images

While riding out the coronavirus pandemic in Ontario, pop star Justin Bieber has been giving fans glimpses into married life with wife Hailey Baldwin on his various social media feeds. But the Grammy winner is also using his platform to speak out on social issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the case of Breonna Taylor, an ER technician who was killed when police officers raided her apartment on a drug bust in Kentucky earlier this year.

On his Instagram page, Bieber has been posting calls for the police who were involved in the shooting to be arrested and late Sunday night, he shared a photo with Taylor’s name and captioned the image with a stirring call to action.

“WTF is going on?” he wrote. “I need updates. How are these police officers not arrested? She was innocently shot and killed in her own home by police. I’m not going to forget.”

While many fans supported his message, one follower going by the name Jeremy Slovacek took issue with Bieber’s plea, writing, “How about you worry about Canada and your mental issues. We got this down here in America! How about naming all the babies slaughtered at Planned Parenthood, the innocent black girl gunned down in Illinois this weekend, how about all those black in black shooting deaths in Chicago? When are we gonna talk about that? Hey Justin, you got money, start an organization instead of word salads.”

The comment caught Bieber’s eye, with the Intentions star replying, “(Are you) saying that because I’m Canadian I shouldn’t worry about my fellow man? There’s an issue and I’m speaking about it because not only is it my right but my honour to stand by my fellow man.”

Bieber continued, adding, “There are many issues I can speak on but right now, I’m speaking on Breonna Taylor, who was murdered in her own home.”


In a separate message, Bieber continued writing, “I will never stop fighting for my brothers and sisters. BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

Last month, in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests sparked by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May, Bieber admitted his career had been influenced greatly by Black culture.

“I am inspired by Black culture. I have benefited off of Black culture,” he wrote. “My style, how I sing, dance, perform and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by Black culture.”

In the message to his 141 million followers, Bieber continued: “I am committed to using my platform from this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be part of a much-needed change.”

Since the coronavirus pandemic closed the border between Canada and the U.S., Bieber and his wife Hailey have been staying at their mansion on Puslinch Lake near Cambridge, Ont.

Bieber bought the 9,000-square-foot mansion in 2018 for $5 million.

According to People, the couple decided to self-isolate in Canada because “their home is very secluded and they are able to be out in nature still.”