Justin Bieber’s recent comments about his confusion over his heritage has angered an Aboriginal rights group, and they have hit out at Justin’s comments.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in July, Justin revealed that he was “Part Indian… I think Inuit or something?.. I’m enough per cent that in Canada I can get free gas.”
According to Sugarscape.com, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples have now issued a statement condemning Justin’s statements for spreading racial stereotypes among his millions of young fans. Dwight Dorey, the congress’s national vice-chief said:
“We have enough issues with racism and stereotyping.
“A young, high-profile entertainer like Justin has a huge following. He has a major impact on young people. That concerns me.
“Given that Mr. Bieber is still a young man, and unaware of the facts here, I personally don’t think he should be beat up over this comment. We don’t think he was trying to be malicious, or making a joke of aboriginal issues.”
National Chief Betty Ann Lavallee added:
“These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal Peoples in Canada struggle with every day.
“It promotes the misconception that we are somehow getting a free ride. This simply is not the case and we are concerned that many people may believe what he said.”
Justin Bieber has yet to respond to these statements.