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If Bieber Was on Anti-Depressants, He Should Be Praised, Not Mocked

Posted: 01/24/2014 7:01 am

The world has been captivated by Justin Bieber's run-in with Miami Beach police for which he is now facing charges. A lot of people say they saw it coming while Beliebers were in absolute shock. I'm no Belieber nor do I care to weigh in about the allegations against Bieber but there is something in relation to this story that completely irks me.

One of my guilty pleasures in life is watching The View. Now, I understand the co-hosts come from all walks of life and each have a variety of opinions. That's what makes the show so entertaining. While the co-hosts have a frequent habit of speaking without thinking there's a difference between offering an opinion and being uninformed about a subject.

On the January 23, 2014 episode of The View and just hours after Bieber was arrested, the subject of his arrest came up during "Hot Topics," which is the show's most popular segment. It's been alleged that Bieber was found with medication at the time of his arrest which are rumoured to be anti-depressants.

After one of the co-hosts mentioned this, journalist, creator, and co-host of The View Barbara Walters stated that she had no idea what Bieber had to be depressed about.

First of all it hasn't been confirmed whether, in fact, Bieber was found with anti-depressants and if he was we don't know if they were his. However, let's pretend for a moment that he did have anti-depressants on him and they were his.

A common misconception and stereotype is that people with depression know why they're depressed and that it can be fixed with something monetary or tangible. That couldn't be furthest from the truth. There are a lot of successful people with a nice family, cash, cars, and houses and yet they still have depression.

If Bieber has depression or some form of mental illness, then I commend him for seeking treatment. Whether or not he has other challenges and needs treatment for those too is a debate I won't weigh in on.

What Walters said in relation to Bieber is a widely-held misconception. She's not the first celebrity either to either think without speaking and spitting out misinformation. While people like me are working to end stigma, Walters is spreading it and I would expect more from a journalist of her calibre.

However, Walters isn't the first celebrity to speak without thinking and she sure won't be the last. In 2013 Dr. Phil said "insane people suck on rocks and bark at the moon."

In the eyes of Walters this was probably an innocent comment on her part and she's probably not thinking twice about it; but it was factually wrong. Both Walters and Dr. Phil could do wonders for the mental health agenda. They each have such loyal followers that could not only convince people to keep their mental health in check but to also help end stigma.

Instead, they choose to be ignorant and continue to infuse stigma into our society and that's just wrong.

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  • 1. Justin Bieber feuds with Patrick Carney (February 2013)

    In an example of saying something you never should, Bieber tweeted that The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney should be “slapped around haha.” (Following Carney’s statement that Bieber shouldn’t be angry over a lack of Grammy because he’s rich.) Great. So that’s when Carney got equally irrational: changing his Twitter handle to “Justin Bieber” for a weekend in an attempt to rile the fanbase and prove his own comedic talents. The bad news? Justin’s fans have a penchant for using “gay” as an insult. The good? Justin never wrote back.

  • 2. Justin Bieber has the “worst birthday ever” (March 2013)

    After underage members of his entourage were turned away from Bieber’s birthday, the now-19-year-old pop star tweeted the lowly, “Worst birthday ever.” Not to turn this into a competition or anything, but until the guy he likes eggs his house on his birthday morning, Justin Bieber has got nothing on some of us.

  • 3. Justin Bieber attacks the paparazzi (March 2013)

    Few of us can imagine being followed around by men fighting to take our picture all day every day, so ultimately, we’ll never know how stressful, invasive, or terrible it can feel – especially at an age where rationality isn’t exactly at a premium. So maybe we would’ve done this a lot sooner: jumped out a van to tell a pap we’d “fucking kill them” after they slagged us off. However, we are lowly mortals. Biebs has been in the industry since before puberty – so maybe it’s time to tap into the Zen.

  • 4. Justin Bieber visits the Anne Frank House (April 2013)

    During a European stop this spring, Justin visited the Anne Frank House; the place in which the Frank family hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust (in case you hate history and have refused to learn about it until this point). So as one does, Bieber signed the guest book: “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would’ve been a belieber.” Yikes. However, the wee pop star found an unlikely ally in Anne Frank’s stepsister, who came to his defense following the fallout. “It’s so childish,” said 83-year-old Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss. “He’s a young man, and she’s a young girl, and she liked film stars and music.” And who are we to argue with that?

  • 5. Justin Bieber gets busted with a stun gun and pot (April 2013)

    A stun gun and pot were found on Justin Bieber’s bus in Sweden, according to Swedish police, which J-Biebs adamantly denied via Twitter -- sort of: “Some of the rumours about me…where do people even get this stuff. Whatever…back to the music.” (Where do people get this stuff, Justin? Like, if I wanted a stun gun. Where do I get one, since it seems like you know?)

  • 6. Justin Bieber is banned from an indoor skydiving facility (June 2013)

    After backing out of a payment deal with an indoor skydiving facility in Las Vegas, Justin Bieber was effectively banned for life, likely making it the first time someone has ever screwed up that badly in Las Vegas. (Which arguably actually makes this an achievement.)

  • 7. Justin Bieber pees into a restaurant mop bucket (July 2013)

    Listen, we’ve all not wanted to hold it, but none of us – none of us (not even the guy from high school who still drinks in the 7-11 parking lot) – would pee in a restaurant mop bucket, no matter how badly we needed to go. Why? Because we’ve all worked jobs that have involved using a mop bucket. Also: because we are not morphing into the entitled anti-Christ. However, most puzzling was Justin Bieber’s outburst at the end of his “rest room” visit, declaring “Fuck Bill Clinton!” (And listen, buddy, we don’t blame you if want to be married to Hillary, but peeing in mop buckets isn’t how you win her heart.)

  • 8. Justin Bieber spits on his fans (July 2013)

    Or maybe not. Despite reports – and images – that Justin Bieber was spitting onto a group of fans from a Toronto balcony, he and his camp claimed that wasn’t the case, and that he bought them hot chocolate and played new music for them instead. Either way, points lost for spitting over the balcony at all. You’re an adult, son. Swallow your spit like the rest of us.

  • 9. Justin Bieber touches the Stanley Cup with his bare hands (July 2013)

    It was bad enough Justin Bieber seemingly jumped on the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning bandwagon, but then he stood on the head of their logo, and touched the Stanley Cup with his bare hands. Fortunately for Bieber, the Blackhawks still come out looking worse: their name and logo still culturally misappropriates Native Americans, after all.

  • 10. Justin Bieber is attacked in a Toronto nightclub (September 2013)

    After being rushed by a man in a Toronto nightclub, Justin Bieber and his men sprang into action (read: his bodyguards took the man down, and Justin Bieber kicked at him), and a disaster was averted. However, more disastrous was the loss of Bieber’s $40,000 gold chain. (So don’t say he has everything, you guys.)

  • 11. Justin Bieber paints racist graffiti (November 2013)

    At some point during the year, Justin forgot he once recorded a Christmas album, and sanctioned himself badass enough to dabble in graffiti. However, the real problem was his penchant for racist imagery: his most recent “work” (an image of a monkey decked out in cold) arguably drew far too many parallels to racist imagery of the past. So while he was reportedly charged with vandalism, may the real lesson be “read books before doing anything else again, Justin Bieber.”

  • 12. Justin Bieber gets caught at a brothel (November 2013)

    For the record, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with brothels. The sex industry is older than any of us, and in the case of Justin Bieber, he was simply participating in an age-old activity with a consenting woman who was doing her job. However, it was the messy and impromptu exit from the Brazilian brothel that made the whole thing an ordeal: rushed out under a bed sheet (from the brothel, so for the love of all that is good, please let it have been clean), Justin slinked out. But seriously bro, if you’re old enough to go to a brothel, you’re old enough to leave it like a grown up adult.

  • 13. Justin Bieber loses his pet monkey, and still owes a German zoo $11 000 (November 2013)

    After Justin’s pet monkey was left in Germany in March, it found solace in a German zoo – one now waiting for $11 000 from Bieber. Says the zoo’s lawyer, “If Mr. Bieber will not settle his costs, the payment might have to be enforced when he will enter Germany again.” That’s all well and good, but I just can’t believe that with his power and influence, Justin didn’t get his monkey on Sprockets.


 

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