January 24, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013
About as fast as his canary yellow Lamborghini can go from 0-60 MPH, Justin Bieber has gone from being an insanely popular teen-heartthrob romancing Disney Diva Selena Gomez to being yet another out of control, bad-boy Canadian celebrity. Michael Buble, Willliam Shatner, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, even you Celine Dion, you’ve all been put on notice, eh?
Yes, this Canadian born singing sensation who was discovered by talent agent Scooter Braun at the age of 14 on YouTube, who has sold over 15 million albums, who has 48 million twitter feeds, second only to Katy Perry, and whose net worth is estimated at 55 million US dollars is spending more time in jail lately than his recording studio.
And despite millions of devoted “Beliebers” who are praying (yep, they are) and holding vigils (yep, they are) in hopes that the “Biebs” escapes the fate of past notorious Canadian bad-boys, another determined hue and cry is rising. And it’s not applause or screams for an encore. Nope, many now are calling for (gasp) the Biebs to be deported. Kicked-out of the US. Banished to Canada, the land of Labatts beer, Vancouver sunsets and home to Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) of TV’s HIMYM.
Could this really be? Is this no longer Justin’s World? Have all the Maple Leaves suddenly gone dry?
Okay, let’s take a breath and put that vomit-inducing glass of milk down. It may not be too late to save the Biebs but we have to face facts and here they are-
Young Justin is able to come and go as he pleases in any one of his many Lamborghinis across these United States as he is here on what is called an O-1 Temporary Worker Visa. This is sort of the well, Lamborghini of Visas. Not one you or I could ever apply for and obtain. Why? It’s granted for things like an “alien who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education or athletics” (well, 15 million albums must count for something, eh?) or for “extraordinary achievement in motion picture or TV industry” (well, it was painful to witness his big screen documentary but Ryan Reynolds did “star” in the Green Lantern and he’s still here so I guess the bar is not as high as it seems).
But for how long is this O-1 Visa good for? Well, three years but pretty much unlimited extensions thereafter.
So far so good Beliebers. But (gulp) can this O-1 be revoked, yanked by the Yanks?
Yep. Some discretion here but the US Consular Officer and the Immigration Services can revoke for things like US criminal convictions, generally speaking, actions that bring discredit or infamy to self or profession or of course, intent to or actually bringing harm to US citizens or our way of life.
Ouch. In the last 12 months young Justin has allegedly been involved in a “vicious” egging of a neighbor’s house which caused thousands of dollars in damages (his neighborhood is worth a lot more than yours or mine), visited Cuba and posted a selfie instagram smoking a banned (in the US) Cuban cigar, broken up with Selena Gomez (that’s a crime right there my friend) and most recently, been arrested in Miami on suspicion of drunk driving, drag racing (if you had a canary yellow Lamborghini it’d be tempting, admit it) resisting arrest (what?) and now possession of drugs.
Mr. Bieber was released on his own recognizance, paid his bail which was set at $2,500 ($1,000 for the DUI, $1,000 for resisting arrest (did he toss eggs at the cops?) and $500 for driving with an expired Georgia license.
So, what’s next for the 5 foot 7 and 123 pound Canadian tiny terror?
Well, while doing hard time is an option he will probably get probation and community service (refrain from performing, maybe?) BUT a conviction could force the hand of US officials to deport Biebs at least until he becomes 21. Maybe then he’ll cool off a bit and be ready for a long, long career like fellow Canadian celebrity William Shatner. The former Captain of the Star Trek Enterprise just turned 82, and notched his 60th year in front of the cameras.
Live long and prosper Biebs. Just slow things down a bit, eh?