UPDATE (Thursday, 3 p.m. ET). From a bit just published at the AV Club: “Rolling Stone has now come forward to say that, due to an ‘editing error,’ the [Bieber] quote [about rape and abortion] was incomplete, omitting a sentence that could serve to abate the outcry somewhat. Here is Bieber’s full statement on whether abortion is justified in cases of rape, with the revised section in bold: ‘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.’ Note that it doesn’t exactly change his feelings on the matter—abortion is still definitely not swag—but it does lessen the idea that Bieber thinks rape happens for a reason, which is a pretty big omission on Rolling Stone‘s part, don’t you think?”
From the Dept. of That Interview Went Well:
“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber tells Rolling Stone. “It’s like killing a baby?” (The question mark was put there by the magazine, so I guess we can assume his voice went up at the end like this? Or maybe he was asking for clarification.)
Okay, how about abortion in cases of rape? “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason.”
(I’m no Col. Tom Parker, but I sure hope that’s not the chorus to Bieber’s next single: Well you got raped and impregnated/It sure is a bummer but must have been fated… Love your rape baaaaaby!)
In geopolitical news, Bieber has thoughts about junk and stuff: “I’m not sure about the [political] parties,” he says. “But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” (I say it’s two weeks tops before Kim Jong-il drops his reply and THIS RAP WAR IS ON. The East coast v. West coast rivalry is going to be nothing compared to Eastern hemisphere v. Western hemisphere. Drake is already working on mad rhymes for Mongolia.)
But just when you think that maybe this interview was a mistake, the kid rallies with his answer to a question from a fan: “If you could fly anywhere in the world to go to a restaurant, where would you go?”
The Bieber replies: Canada. Swiss Chalet. Quarter Chicken Dinner.