Justin Bieber’s Song and Video “As Long As You Love Me” Send Harmful Messages to Young Girls

    Justin Bieber just launched the music video for his song “As Long As You Love Me.” Have you seen it yet?

    The theme of this song and video are cliché. Girl falls in love with rebellious young boy, boy talks girl into going behind her parents’ backs to see him. Girl eventually runs away from home.

    Although it portrays a common tale for young romance, I feel this song and its video send a lot of bad messages.

    First, the lyrics include the words, “We could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke, as long as you love me.” This gives the false message that couples can survive on love alone.

    Unfortunately, many young girls believe this to be true, and some have gone so far as to run away from home with the boy they’ve fallen deeply in love with. But no matter how romantic the notion, it’s entirely unrealistic. Being homeless and hungry on the streets is a struggle that takes romance out of most any relationship. It’s also a very dangerous situation to be in.

    And let’s be honest. From the video, it’s apparent that love has been confused with lust. If this boy truly loved this girl, he’d have her stay safe in her home where she’s sheltered and fed while he makes something of himself. He’d want the best for her. And, if he was a decent boy, he’d get her father’s blessing to court her.

    Second, the story makes the protective father into the mean guy. Granted, he looks like a mobster–probably because the actor has played a mobster in the past–but the message that it’s okay to go against your father so you can see your boyfriend is terrible. One of the commandments states that we must honor our father and our mother. This man is protecting his child, not abusing her, and he wants the best for her. But this story takes the protective father and turns him into the bad guy, complete with him beating the boyfriend to a pulp.

    Third, the video is filled with sexual encounters. Bieber writes “You r so sexy” on her neck, as if that’s what makes her so special, and then they roll around half naked. As Christians, we’re taught:

    Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:18-19)

    The relationship goes against Christ’s teachings in every way.

    When a young girl falls in love for the first time, she’s often consumed with many emotions. Love and joy is mixed with fear of the unknown. But when her first love is not approved of by a parent, then sadness, depression, anger and fear of losing that boy come into play. This video encourages a girl to rebel against her father’s wishes and to follow her man. And where is this man leading her? To homelessness, hunger and poverty?

    Bieber has a huge young fan base, and I’m pretty sure that since he began his career with more of a Christian twist, he attracted young Christian fans. But now, like many young stars, he’s turning away from Christ’s teachings and following the ways of the world. My fear is that his many fans will listen to the messages in the song and look at the video, and they will be encouraged to behave in the same way.

    This may just be a song and a video, and it may be all fantasy for Bieber, but I’m pretty sure there are millions of girls around the world dealing with this exact scenario. And they may look at this video and listen to these words, and be encouraged to follow suit.

    I don’t think a girl choosing her boyfriend over God and her parents is the right message to send in a music video. I think it’s harmful and I wish Bieber would reconsider promoting negative and irresponsible messages in his songs and videos.

    PI ladies, do you think Bieber’s song and video send the wrong message to young girls? Can you relate to the story line?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. its sad how BIEBER fell away from GOD …. in fact it seems like BIEBER’S ego is soo big he thinks he is g-d…. thats why this really disappoints me..

    2. I agree with you on this article. He is sending the wrong message in his songs and music videos, like so many other artist do today. It’s great we have websites like Project Inspired to reminds us of the wrongs in the media when we get to tied up in them. I’m grateful for this site. I hope many people see this article and realise how harmful this really is.

    3. okay. so, i think it’s just the way that we take it. the way i took it is that, it doesn’t matter what’s going on, we’ll be fine as long as we love and have each other. don’t you guys hear at weddings ‘for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse’? sorry. but seriously. so the music VIDEO is pretty bad. the music isn’t. and REALLY? when he asks her ‘do you really want to do this’, i’m pretty sure it implies that it was HER idea to run away in the first place…
      anyways, idk, this is just my opinion. don’t argue about it, it’s kinda stupid. state your opinion, don’t slam one another for their personal opinion. 😛

    4. this is so true oh my goodness that is so true! It’s sad how media it’s making all teen’s including me think that love is by having this type of relationship… I just hope that God may guide this generation…

    5. Anyone realize that if he says he’s a Christian, or raised in it, he would know that it’s wrong? Satan is grabbing ahold of his life, and to me, he is an example of a way to “warp” Christianity with the world.

    6. I looked it up online, and Justin Bieber only helped write this song so not all the lyrics are his. Hopefully he is not losing his Christan image and the bad stuff written in the song was written by the other two song writers. That wouldn’t be good, but it would be better than Justin Bieber himself writing them. I am not a Bieber fan, but I am not a hater. One thing we don’t realize is that we think this generation has gotten bad, but really, the world has been bad since Eve took that bite of the apple. But we need to stop this now, or when will it stop? 1,000 years from now? We need to change–and not just celebrities, normal people too. We think celebrities are bad because we can’t compare them to others, we think just because they are famous that makes them different. We ALL need to change.

      • Well he is very much supporting the lyrics by singing them and making them famous. If you are making wrong things seem good then I would question whether he is a true christian and truly wants to please God.

      • so what if he did not write the lyrics he still sang them and he was in the video. He had the choice “to be or not to be” in the video and sing that song. And even if it might have ended his career as a singer or something, so what? Is it worth your career to sing songs and videos like that?

    7. What you are saying is so true! Thank you for sharing… I tell many of my friends this but they still don’t agree. It is so sad that the cool thing today is so very wrong and displeasing to God. God doesn’t want us to have any touching like that until marriage. It says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman”
      Thank you agian!

    8. well the song isnt bad in my opinion.but the father is kinda wrong himself.hes got the notion that every teenage boy IS bad. it seems like to me tht he doesnt even know the boy, hes just assuming this about him and thats not good. 🙁

    9. It’s called artistic hyperbole. He doesn’t actually mean that he wants to be homeless or that he wants girls to run away from home with him, it just means that he feels love so strong that he’s saying that when bad things happen he can come back to it and be okay. You’re taking this video wayyy too literally.

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