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Rolling Stone Admits To Misquoting The Biebs

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In fact, they misquoted him in a pretty major way.

Yesterday, everyone was buzzing over Justin Bieber's scandalous interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, in which he shared his opinions on sex, drugs, abortion and even rape. Outrage almost immediately followed from folks who couldn't believe the answer Justin had given when asked whether abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, but no one was more upset that Justin's camp, who insisted he was misquoted.

Sure enough, something was very much omitted from the his answer. After a lot of pressure, the mag had to post this message on their site and provide Justin's exact answer without the omission. The article reads:

Due to an editing error, this story originally included an incomplete quote from Justin Bieber. The full quote, his response to whether abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, reads: "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that."

We don't know how the reporter could so casually leave that out! It changes the whole context of his response! Whatever happened to responsible journalism, huh?

Honestly, we're still shocked that this kind of heavy stuff was brought up to begin with. He's still a kid - a kid in the music industry, not politics. Obviously, someone was more interested in getting a shocking story than really getting to know Justin. Shame

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64 comments to “Rolling Stone Admits To Misquoting The Biebs”

  1. Dusss says – reply to this


    What idiot reporter would ask a question like that to a 16-year old in the first place…?!

  2. 2

    wow, that's terrible that he was misquoted like that. way to go rolling stones. bastards.

  3. jami6 says – reply to this


    I get that he's still a kid, and that the journalist wasnt exactly asking the right kind of questions but JB has been in the limelight an around interviews long enough to know that if he doesnt know how to respond to certain type of questions then he needs to keep his mouth shut. Honestly hes young not stupid right? isn't that what everyone says? well he said these idiotic comments(though not as bad as first thought) so now HE needs to deal with them!

  4. 4

    I think they were out to destroy him

  5. 5

    Wow. Why on earth would they ask the poor kid those kind of questions in the first place? That has nothing to do with him or music. Like really - they know they're just going to cause controversy with such a sensitive subject? Why would they do that? Awful.

  6. 6

    Mario says: "Whatever happened to responsible journalism, huh?"

    That's funny coming from you.

  7. 7

    i dont really think that makes up for him saying that being gay is a "choice" and that abortions shouldnt be allowed. everyone acts like hes some 5 year old that cant be held responsible for anything he says or does…hes old enough, and has been in the spotlight long enough, to know when to keep his mouth shut. its just like when he made fun of lady gaga on chelsea lately. everyone thinks this kids gods gift to the world. sure, hes talented…but his cocky, ignorant attitude kills it. sorry but anyone who says being gay is a choice goes down 10 notches in my book….and he was already pretty low.

  8. 8

    This is really too bad. There's been a lot of backlash about his answers. Journalists don't usually ask 40 year olds those questions, let alone 16 year olds. And on top of asking those tough questions that no one should be forced to answer in a public interview, they misquote him. I just lost so much respect for that magazine.

  9. 9

    I'm not a Bieber fan and I find the whole bieber fever "phenomenon" annoying. That said, those questions are clearly inappropriate for someone his age. Hell, if someone had asked me about my political or social views at that age, I probably would have just repeated what I heard my parents say (which would have been awful!). Why wasn't someone in the room during that interview to tell the reporter to cut it out? Rolling Stone def dropped several notches after this one. Clearly they were out to make him look bad.

  10. 10

    Sorry Perez but who are you to question "responsible journalism" witth all the bullshit you post?

  11. 11

    Poor Bieber isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Plus he's sixteen, and doesn't know what he's talking about. While I completely disagree with just about everything he said, I don't fault him for it- he's got a lot of growing up to do. I DO, however, have a bit of a beef with RS for asking these questions in the first place.

  12. 12

    Sounds suspicious to me. Why would they even ask a 16 year old boy that question in the first place? To then omit a sentence which completely changes the answer… SHADY.

  13. 13

    I think the main problem is that this question was asked to a 16 year old in the first place. It's not really appropriate, maybe an 18 year old, but not a 16 year old. I know I had solid opinions when I was 16, but looking back on what i thought then, you just need more time to mature in order to publicly say so.

  14. 14

    Would a reporter have asked that same question to Dakota Fanning?? Doubt it.

  15. 15

    For a 16 year old he's experienced a lot, so to say he's to young seems a bit silly. Yes, maybe the questions were a bit much but I've seen a couple interviews of him, he's not the smartest kid, and lets face it, he wont be around in a year, he's not that talented. So nothing to get angry about!

  16. 16

    Ya right. Covering up. Anyways who cares. Second I am not shocked they asked these questions. This was a topic of discussion when I was younger then 15. I find it interesting about kids opinions on such matters but to keep in mind they are young minds. If he's old enough to have sex and take his shirt off he should know a little bit about consequences to actions. MMM k. Alrighty then.

  17. 17

    He is a MINOR… plain and simple. Too be so talented he obviously didn't spend his time hanging out on street corners becoming as tainted as some
    16 yr olds. You don't learn to play several instruments and sing and dance like that by not putting in hours and hours of practice.
    Mistake in editing my ass … His answers weren't sensational enough for them so they creasted controvery with their editing.

  18. 18

    Is he really too young to be answering these question? When I was in high school we were being asked to analyze these types of topics. I don't understand how 16 is too young. He is two years from being an adult for christ sake! and I didn't even go to a fancy high school!! The problem with education in America is that people generally expect less out of young Americans and I know that JB is Canadian but still the reaction from the American public says a lot.

    As for the journalist, I can't believe he almost got away with it! Misquoting someone on purpose is a complete irresponsibility. I guess yellow journalism is here to stay.

  19. 19

    I subscribe to Rolling Stone, and I am pro-Choice, but I don't think this is an appropriate question for a 16 year old.

  20. open says – reply to this


    THIS is why you can't believe everything you read. Not even in legit mags, etc.

  21. 21

    Justin Bieber is only 16 years old, but he is one of the most well-known celebrities of the year. That means he should be prepared to answer tough questions about important issues. Also, It would be totally naive to believe that a 16-year-old such as Justin does not have opinions on hot topics such as abortion. Finally, nobody who reads Rolling Stone Magazine wants to "get to know" Justin Bieber. If someone actually wants to learn more about Bieber, they can watch his documentary in theaters. I think the question was fine. Justin just answered it like an idiot.

  22. michy says – reply to this


    Editing error, my ass! How could someone possibly leave out the middle of a quote? And one as crucial as that. I have a feeling Rolling Stone had a hidden agenda with this entire interview.

  23. 23

    I almost lost my shit when I read "Whatever happened to responsible journalism, huh?" You out of all people have some nerve even stating that!

  24. 24

    His views are probably still those of his parents…at 16 it's tough to have a true understanding of these issues. That said, if he's pro-life, so be it. He's entitled to his opinion. He said some pretty silly things about Canadian healthcare vs. American healthcare in this same interview, he's obviously spewing what he's been taught.

  25. 25

    wow, I'm no beiber fan but RS were kinda aholes to eff up his quote like that, let alone ask him dumb shit like this in teh first place.

  26. 26

    Funny, when I was sixteen I had opinions. Hell I was one very opinionated kid. I was certainly not a famous kid, but had I been I would have stood behind my opinion once I gave it. I am sorry, but just because the kid looks like a deer caught in the headlights doesn't mean what comes out of his mouth couldn't have been anything. The kid has been famous a while. I am sure he must have caught on to how this game works by now.

  27. 27

    Talk about irresponsible journalism…. the editing error was ONLY on the Rolling Stone Web site - NOT in the printed edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. Either you conveniently omitted that information or just didn't bother to read the whole story on the RS web site. I religiously read Rolling Stone monthly and their articles, contents and photos are of the highest standards of any magazines out there. Practice what you preach Perez.

  28. 28

    "It changes the whole context of his response! Whatever happened to responsible journalism, huh?" LOL perez really? sigh

  29. 29

    He is freaking 16, not 6. We discus the same things in High school philosophy classes. just because he is famous, doesn't make him any less smart then the rest of the population. sure, it was unprofessional for the interviewer to misquote him, but the answers justin beiber gave are his own.

  30. 30

    Relax, Rolling Stone stopped being relevant years ago, bit like MTV. Who the hell care about the opinion of a spoiled 16 year old kid anyway, it just doesnt matter. All the people crying outrage over something this silly should kill themselves immediately!

  31. 31

    are you seriously asking what happened to responsible journalism, perez? YOU?????????????????

  32. 32

    Uh, this misquoting doesn't change the fact that when I was 11 years old, I knew that women have the right to do what they feel comfortable with to their own bodies. And not to say ignorant shit. Misquoted or not, on topic questions or not, he is clearly uneducated, and a bad example for his fans. Their kids, and they worship someone who can't even name a political party; in Canada, THEY'RE CALLED LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE, HOW MORE STRAIGHT FORWARD COULD THAT BE?!?!?!

  33. 33

    Perez, yesterday when you reported it so said how great you thought it was that he was being asked and talking politics and such big issues. Why such a change of heart now? Because everyone else is mad. Stick to one side.

  34. 34

    I can't believe any reporter would ask those questions of a minor.
    Justin is a kid for crying out loud.
    Then to omit that out of a short sentence is disgusting.
    Is the so-called reporter reall a reporter??

  35. 35

    He looks like a P ussy on that cover.

  36. 36

    How u feel at 16 might not be how u feel when ur older!! The person who interviewed him should be fired!

  37. 37

    YOU of all people are talking about responsible journalism? Give me a break.

  38. 38

    Perez, yesterday you PRAISED Beiber's answers! WTF??

  39. 39

    umm.. i dont think that changes the context of his answers at all. considering he's canadian and abortion is legal here, he should have just kept his mouth shut. he's 16, not a child.

  40. 40

    Every singe teenager I know, knows about abortion, rape and these larger issues and we all had opinions of some sort on it by the time we were 16. Just because he's a singer and a teenager why does that somehow permit him to be exempt from these issues? If he wasn't comfortable or didn't know about it he shouldn't have answered

  41. 41

    People, the added sentence makes it WORSE. He says he doesn't know how rape would be a reason for a woman choosing an abortion. WTF, kid? My son is 15 and understands these issues. The issue is not the reporter, it's this kid who is cocooned and in a relationship that is likely getting close to sexual. He needs to be better educated before he makes irresponsible decisions.

  42. 42

    How's that line changes anything

  43. 43

    Re: Dusss – Exactly.. he's 16, not 12. What do you want the reporter to ask him? "What cartoons do you like to watch?" No. How about, "Are you dating Selena Gomez?" No. These are real questions and it doesn't matter what he believes in, what matters is he has an educated answer. But not even that.. this kid is a legitimate idiot. He needs to stop smooching and take some time to read a newspaper or something.

  44. 44

    Who the hell cares what Justin Bieber thinks about abortion? That journalist should have stuck to questions about hair care, and how to make tweens swoon!

  45. 45

    Re: Amanda MacKenzie – You should read the book by SHAUNA R. PREWITT - Who conceived a rapists child with love and care and fought against him for the custody of her child!. Despise of what you think, its more a law issue the reason why many women decide to abort a rapist child.
    Be informed.
    BTW, I dont think he is a child who cannot answer that kind of questions. I was able to answer that at his age and even less. Cause I was informed about sex and about the consequences, options and risks. Any teenager should be capable of it.

  46. IamB says – reply to this


    Perez, I disagree with you on your "leave Justin alone, he's just a kid" argument. He's 16 years old. If his management didn't want to get political and had decided to cut off the interview, that's one thing. But it's idiotic to say he should have never been asked heavy issue-centric questions because he's young. By his age, he should absolutely have awareness and opinions about world issues. That doesn't mean he needs to be an expert, just a level of awareness, which I think he displayed whether or not I agree with his sentiments. It should be expected that teenagers know what's going on in the world to some extent. This awareness doesn't suddenly come once the kid hits voting age.

  47. ed69 says – reply to this


    he is still a dumb ass….

  48. 48

    They should NEVER have been asking him those questions. Even without the corrected sentence, I think he was trying to be thoughtful in his response.
    That's a HUGE mistake at a young teenage boy's expense.

  49. 49

    Re: kpc212 – That's your opinion just like those are his. Let me tell you, he's not the only person on this planet that thinks being gay is a personal choice, or that abortion is wrong. It's an ongoing argument. And the more I hear about this Rolling Stones interview the more I believe they set out to get the exact reaction you're giving. They knew that no matter how he answered a large group of people were going to disagree and be angry about his answers. And they knew there would be a lot of publicity surrounding it. If anything don't be mad at Bieber, be mad at the idiots who asked him such inappropriate questions.

  50. 50

    Please, someone tell me that Mario didn't just criticize someone else for irresponsible journalism. He couldn't have. Could he have? lol

  51. 51

    Why would I want to hear his opinion on the subject, anyway . . . Those are stupid questions for a 16-year-old. How about asking him how long he will be in the business, as when his fan base grows up, it will be all over for him.

  52. 52

    llol people get outraged by what some 16 year old prepubescent kid says? rofl..People need to worry about more important crap…and no he more than likely wasn't misquoted. His PR team put a spin on it to make it sound like he was the victim of a misquote but instead hes just a stupid dropout kid.

  53. 53

    why the eff were they asking him that shit anyway?

  54. 54

    Everyone keeps talking like he's a baby…baby…BABY! He's not. When I was his age, I was in a government class in high school. He's not a child, and while he's a minor he should still know better. STop making excuses for him. And by the way, that added sentence doesn't change the context of answer. it was still ridiculous. He started off stupid and just backpeddled. And by the way…..his singing sucks! truly!

  55. 55

    i would give my right nut that RS was coerced to say that from Bieber's lawyers.

  56. 56

    Why did a Magazine like Rolling Stone has to interview a Teeny Pooper..a 16 year old child ,completely fabricated from the Media. AND Where is his MOTHER….

  57. 57

    Re: Dusss – just what I was thinking!! xDDD

  58. 58

    Are you stupid, Perez?! Rolling Stone said it was based on an editing error, as a former journalist, they're essentially saying that a copy editor took it out of the story. So, how from that do you get that the reporter changed the quote?!

    This is the problem with bloggers, they're not actual journalists and don't know how these things work!

  59. 59

    First let me starting by saying that he is only 16. Does that make him obviblious to the world around him..no. But its like when he is interviewed by magazines or radio stations everyone wants the best story. They want to get all the press by saying that they got Justin to comment on sex, rape, and things like that. Which is not at all flattering on them. Its really a pityful way to sell magazines. I mean if it was your son would you want anyone to ask him about abortion, rape or sex. I mean he doesnt sing about those things. So why the hell would you ask him about that. They just wanted him to say anything so they could publish it. And then everyone would judge him by his comments as you can see happened here. Why would you want a 16 year old young man to say more than he is supposed to. Why would you even ask him that shit. Rolling Stone should know better. They are lucky he even wanted to do the cover. Now considering what happened he will probably think twice if asked again….Assholes.

  60. 60

    poor biebs

  61. 61

    So you knew about this but didn't post it? If this was Xtina or someone else that you hate you'd be right on top of it. Hypocrite.

  62. 62

    awww poor Justin. I can't believe that so many people are so upset by his answers. Im glad that RS asked him these tough questions cause we got to see a different side of him. Im so sick of reporters asking him the same boring questions in every interview. And he's a Christian ( like me ) so he just answered the questions from a Christian perspective. Nothing wrong with that. Everybody needs to back of him and give him a break!

  63. 63

    I totally agree that he was used and abused by the Rolling Stone report. As was said-he is still a kid. He
    cannot possibly have that many opinions on things that are pretty much beyond his years. He may not even
    really even think of such things at this age. Shame on you Stones……….

  64. 64

    i don't get those of you who say it was "inappropriate" for Rolling Stone to ask him those questions.
    how is it inappropriate to ask sixteen year-olds about abortion when there's plenty of sixteen year-olds who have already had them?