Political insiders who attended last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland were united in their assessment of the one thing Donald Trump’s long-awaited weeklong coronation was missing: Justin Bieber. And to think he was almost there!
According to a TMZ report, Bieber was offered $5 million by “GOP donors” to “perform for 45 minutes at a venue near” the arena where the convention was held. Citing sources at CAA—the mega-powerful Hollywood talent agency that reps the singer—TMZ says that Bieber “seriously considered” playing the gig “partly because he’s Canadian and didn’t have a dog in the fight and partly because of the money.” Sounds about right, frankly.
TMZ further reports that Bieber’s longtime manager Scooter Braun—who has fundraised for Hillary Clinton—let Bieber make the decision on his own but told him he would no longer be able to represent him if he showed up at the Trump Circus. TMZ says that Braun suggested Bieber hang Black Lives Matter banners during the venue, but was told instead that he could only hang “All Lives Matter banners. I’m not sure what this has to do with anything beyond making Scooter Braun look like a good person, which makes one wonder how TMZ got this story in the first place.
Also—also!—TMZ reports that Bieber’s camp heard that LeBron James was going to make some sort of RNC adjacent appearance, but when they contacted LeBron’s people they were told this was untrue and LeBron wouldn’t be there and neither should Bieber. Again, I’m not sure what this has to do with anything aside from making LeBron look good for choosing to not show up to a thing he was never going to show up for, but good for him.
As it pertains to Bieber, his political views are essentially unknown. He is particularly guarded in interviews, a strategic choice that dates back to 2011, when, as a 17-year-old, he talked to Rolling Stone’s Vanessa Grigoriadis about abortion:
He isn’t sure what political party he’d support if he was old enough to vote. “I’m not sure about the parties,” Bieber says. “But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” He does have a solid opinion on abortion. “I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber says. “It’s like killing a baby.” How about in cases of rape? “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”
Do you think Justin Bieber knows who Hillary Clinton is?