Justin Bieber and his mouth have gotten him in trouble yet again. Previously, he got in trouble for spewing curse words nonstop on a plane ride. Now, he’s in trouble for saying, “’I’m actually part Indian. I think Inuit or something? I’m enough per cent that in Canada I can get free gas.’” He has angered the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, an organization that serves the interests of Canadian citizens living off Indian reserves.
National Vice-Chief Dwight Dorey was not happy with Bieber’s choice of words. The word ‘Indian’ is a term that the Aboriginal people have been trying to move away from for years. He was also not happy with the comment about free gas. Dorey said, “First Nations people in Ontario are exempt from the provincial gas tax of 14.7 cents per litre if they have a gas card – but that’s only if they’re buying gas on a reserve. We have enough issues with racism and stereotyping. A young, high-profile entertainer like Justin has a huge following. He has a major impact in young people. That concerns me.”
However, despite young singer’s mistake, the group is willing to help Justin learn more about his ancestry. They want to help him understand and educate him about his origins. Justin Bieber has not responded to their offer, but he’d be smart to take it!