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Kanye West's tweets spark abortion controversy

<span class="status-body"> <span class="status-content"> <span class="actions"> <div><a id="status_star_40558980128317442" class="fav-action non-fav" title="favorite this tweet"></a>Justin Bieber's not the only celeb getting in trouble for spouting off about abortion.<br /></div></span></span></span>

Justin Bieber's not the only celeb getting in trouble for spouting off about abortion.

The week after the teen pop star told Rolling Stone that abortion was "like killing a baby," Kanye West also took up the issue. But unlike Bieber, a 16-year-old who just seemed ambushed and caught out of his depth on the whole thing, the outspoken West issued his opinions in a random series of tweets, for no apparent reason beyond the fact that he is Kanye West and this is the sort of thing he does:

"An abortion can cost a ballin’ n----s up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold
diggin’ b-----es be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my n------s!"

"It ain't happen to me but I know people."

Opposing abortion is one thing (tough issue, sensitive subject, etc.) but in most circles, postulating that women who get abortions became pregnant on purpose as part of a plot to extort money from successful men will not earn you a reputation as a thoughtful and progressive person. The negative reaction from the Twittersphere was swift, most sharply encapsulated in a tweet by British pop star Lily Allen:

"Never has a tweet put me in such a bad mood. This is wrong on so many levels."

Pop stars! We know you think your opinions matter. (Sometimes they do!) But unless you want to make a lot of people mad and sound ignorant at the same time, you should probably stay away from expressing your opinions of abortion, whatever they are. (via EW)

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