Alright friends, I feel like a jerk here. I’m pretty sure that Justin Bieber‘s mom has an amazing story of overcoming abuse and addiction to raise an extremely talented boy with a vague resemblance to Ellen DeGeneres. I get why everyone would be super excited about the upcoming book by Pattie Mallette, “Nowhere But Up: The Story Of Justin Bieber’s Mom.” And yet, I just can’t bring myself to get all that interested. In fact, I’m yawning just thinking about it.
Mallette’s book is just coming out and she’s on a whirlwind press tour complete with morning show interviews and plenty of media coverage. We’re going to be hearing a lot about this lady for the next month. We’re going to learn her opinions on her son’s rise to fame out of the bowels of YouTube. We might hear what she thinks about his very public relationship with Selena Gomez. I bet we’ll even hear that she loves him a lot and always supported him.
Guys, giving birth to a celebrity is not exactly an accomplishment worthy of national fame. Dina Lohan and Kris Jenner did it too. And I don’t know most of the really good celebrity parents who keep their kids grounded and stable, mostly because those parents aren’t really concerned with personal fame and tell-all memoirs.
Of course, there’s another part to this whole story that’s really the reason we’re all discussing Justin Bieber’s mom. Pattie Mallete felt pressured to have an abortion because she was just 17 years old when she got pregnant and had a difficult history. Instead, she found religion and ended up a happy and successful mother. I think that’s awesome. I am really happy that she made the choice that was right for her. And I think it’s terrible that she would feel pressured to do something different because of her age or circumstance.
However, I also don’t think that Mallette’s story should be held up as a reason why other women shouldn’t be able to have an abortion. “You might have the next Justin Bieber growing inside of you,” is not a reason for a woman to give birth to a child that she isn’t ready to care for. Patti Mallette made a decision, one she understood and felt confident in. Every woman should be able to do the same thing.
I’ve found Bieber-mania a little obnoxious for a while now. When my daughter’s pre-k class had cupcakes with Bieber’s face on them for a recent birthday celebration, I decided the boy was just suffering from extreme over-exposure. He’s reached media saturation. And by extension, I just can’t muster up the interest or excitement for his mother and what I’m sure is a compelling and moving story. I just don’t have it in me.
Also, I find it odd to title your autobiography with your son’s name instead of your own, simply to feed off of his popularity. Yea, that might actually irk me most of all.
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