Jeremy Bieber, dad to global superstar Justin Bieber, is in hot water for an anti-LGBTQ+ post he made during Pride Month.
On Wednesday, he tweeted an image of a Pride flag with text that read, "Don't forget to thank a straight person this month for your existence.” The message suggests that people who identify as LGBTQ+ cannot have children, despite the existence of IVF treatments and surrogacy.
\u201cJustin Bieber's dad, Jeremy, posts offensive LGBTQ message:\n\n\u201cDon't forget to thank a straight person this month for your existence.\u201d\u201d
The tweet, which has since been deleted, was called out across social media for its offensive content. The backlash led the 48-year-old father to offer a fake apology in another tweet.
"Acknowledging the nuclear family is offensive? My apologies to those offended. Was not my intent. Not that my opinion matters," he wrote. This post sparked further backlash from fans of Justin Bieber and other Twitter users.
Rather than issue another, better apology, Jeremy has continued to dig himself deeper with a series of tone-deaf statements.
In a follow-up tweet posted today, he wrote, "My brother is gay and I adore him, Love whomever you want that’s your business not “mine” my problem is the hostile takeover of our cities and schools by LGBTQ this is the concern of many. There is a place for everyone, and everyone’s opinion! That does not equal hate!"
\u201cMy brother is gay and I adore him, Love whomever you want that\u2019s your business not \u201cmine\u201d my problem is the hostile takeover of our cities and schools by LGBTQ this is the concern of many. \nThere is a place for everyone, and everyone\u2019s opinion! That does not equal hate!\u201d
And in an earlier tweet, he wrote, "My post was to acknowledge families, that’s it! and before you say I abandoned my son, move on! that’s an old narrative pushed! its ridiculous and didn’t happen. Now my delivery may have been poor but it was not to be hateful or homophobic…"
Justin Bieber, who was once the victim of homophobic bullying, has yet to comment on the controversy surrounding his father. The pop singer made headlines in 2018 for comforting a queer fan who was struggling to find a church that would accept them.
"Yeah, that breaks my heart for you. I’m so sorry. That’s not okay,” Bieber can be heard saying in a video of the interaction. “If you ever want to come to any of the services [at Bieber's Hillsong Church], any of them would love to have you. We’d love to have you in there, you’re more than welcome to come any time.”