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Old 08-04-2012, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Justin Bieber thinks that 'Indians'(Read: First Nations) get free gas in Canada.

Note to Justin Bieber: There is no free gas for aboriginals - The Globe and Mail

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Justin Bieber? If you’re reading this, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples would like you to give them a call.

Instead of mocking Mr. Bieber for his now-infamous claim he is entitled to free gas because he’s “part Indian,” the Congress has offered to help the Canadian pop star trace whether he indeed has an aboriginal heritage.

In late July, a profile of Mr. Bieber in Rolling Stone magazine’s August issue went viral. It wasn’t Mr. Bieber’s bewitching bedroom eyes on the cover that set the Internet abuzz (it’s fine, he’s legal now), but an aside he made to writer Josh Eells:

“I’m actually part Indian,” he said. “I think Inuit or something? I’m enough per cent that in Canada I can get free gas.”

Concerned Mr. Bieber’s misconception could spread to millions of his impressionable fans, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples issued a statement on Friday to make clear that no, Aboriginal people do not get free gas.

“We have enough issues with racism and stereotyping,” said Dwight Dorey, the congress’s national vice-chief. “A young, high-profile entertainer like Justin has a huge following. He has a major impact on young people. That concerns me.”

He also wasn’t thrilled Mr. Bieber used the word “Indian.”

“That’s a term that our people in Canada have been moving away from for years,” he explained, and said the 18-year-old singer is “now at an age to be responsible for statements such as this.”

But the congress hasn’t written Mr. Bieber off for believing that aboriginal people enjoy this non-existent perk. In fact, it hopes Mr. Bieber gets in touch.

“He indicated some interest in the fact that he has some aboriginal ancestry or thinks he has, and we could assist in tracing his ancestry to determine that,” Mr. Dorey said.

Mr. Bieber’s publicist could not be reached to determine whether Mr. Bieber is, in fact, part aboriginal. Or if he gets free gas when he’s in Canada.

While the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has extended the olive branch to Mr. Bieber, other aboriginal leaders weren’t quite so forgiving.

Edward John, the Grand Chief of the Tl'azt'en Nation in B.C., expressed frustration on Twitter over the free-gas comment:

“Rolling Stone- ‘Bieber free gas’! tell us where there is free gas! It's just wrong and he should correct it!” he tweeted on July 25, along with a mobile photo of the magazine’s controversial passage.

Ellen Gabriel, who ran for chief of the Assembly of First Nations, chastised Mr. Bieber directly on Twitter as well: “@justinbieber When r u going 2 Apologize 2 Aboriginal ppls n Canada 4 disrespectful comment re: “Free Gas” U R promoting racist stereotypes,” she wrote on July 28.

Mr. Bieber’s ignorance aside, the questions remain of where or why he could get free – or even discounted – gas.

First Nations people in Ontario are exempt from the provincial gas tax of 14.7 cents per litre if they have a gas card (issued by the Ministry of Finance) – but that’s only if they’re buying gas on a reserve. A remote possibility for Mr. Bieber, who drives a chrome-coloured Fisker Karma sports car and hails from Stratford, Ont., and whose father at one time lived in Winnipeg.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do people really not have anything better to do than demand apologies from barely legal pop stars for unsurprisingly stupid comments?
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do people really not have anything better to do than demand apologies from barely legal pop stars for unsurprisingly stupid comments?
The problem is that, at least here in Canada, people actually believe this sorta thing, and having a "star" say it only reaffirms their beliefs.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was told once by the mayor of a back woods town in Quebec that Aboriginal People could own as meny guns as they wanted without any legal interference.

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I think the issue is that what he says is not only wrong, but promotes sterotypes.
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A lot of native groups are probably just glad for something to complain about. For every legitimate gripe they have (and believe me they have a lot of legitimate gripes) there are those that can't imagine a day going by that they aren't playing the victim card. I was behind a woman at the grocery store last night that was berating the cashier because he didn't know how to swipe her band card through their new system to save her the $.57 in tax. After about four minutes of waiting for a manger to show up to help the kid a man behind me threw a dollar at her and told her he'd pay the tax and she could keep the change. The woman said that was unacceptable she didn't want the government to get a single penny from her. Really? It is 10pm there is one cashier on and you want to hold us all up to make an empty political statement? Like any group natives have their fanatics while the rest just try to get through another day. I bet there are celebrities that are annoyed and embarrassed that Bieber is making celebrities look bad.

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I was told once by the mayor of a back woods town in Quebec that Aboriginal People could own as meny guns as they wanted without any legal interference.

Yeah right.........
Depending on the band a lot of law enforcement officials would sooner look the other way than risk another Ipperwash.
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Depending on the band a lot of law enforcement officials would sooner look the other way than risk another Ipperwash.
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Meh. People are stupid. And some people are more stupid than others, regardless of their background.

Some people will jump at any chance they see to get things to go their way, get things for free, or just have their own live easier while giving not thought to the expense of others it requires.

I've listened to a lot of sad sob stories of people who are otherwise well off. The kind of people who will claim that they deserve something based on what their families have gone through in the past.

Know where part of my family is from? Ireland. Want a sob story? Try the Irish. (Other part of my family is Norman-English... but I generally leave that part out when making the point.)

I have yet to find someone to top the sob story of the Irishmen. Acadians come a close second, but they're French.

Moral of the story is: Lots of people in history have gotten a raw deal over the centuries, it doesn't make you special, it doesn't mean you deserve more than someone else. All it means is that you should damn well know better and treat your fellow human beings with a bit of respect.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've listened to a lot of sad sob stories of people who are otherwise well off.
Know where part of my family is from? Ireland. Want a sob story? Try the Irish.
Were you listening to the sob stories, or telling them?
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