'STOP DEGRADING WOMEN' – The Explosive Open Letter to Justin Bieber By Ex-Dancer

"The way you degrade women is an abomination."

If you were to read the headline 'Female LGBTQ+ Artist Suffers By Way Of Pay Gap', it mightn't shock you. 

But, finding out that this artist was a young dancer hired by Justin Bieber to choreograph his most recent tour, might. 

Emma Portner (who's married to actress Ellen Page) just posted about the singer in a lengthy Instagram Stories rant accusing him of underpaying her and degrading both women and the LGBTQ+ community. 

"I regret working under your name," Emma wrote in the since-expired Stories post.

"I gave your universe my naive body, creativity, time, and effort. Twice. For content that you made millions off of. While I made zilch. Natta. Barely anything. Less than minimum wage for the hours I invested. I couldn’t afford to eat. I was sweeping studio floors to be able to practice my own craft. The way you degrade women is an abomination."

Portner then called Justin out for collaborating with problematic groups and attending church services that don't openly support the LGBTQ+ community.

"Your company hired an out lesbian in your music video, and to choreograph some content for your purpose world tour," she said. "How do you feel about that? A lesbian, HELPING YOU, for a disrespectful amount of money, as you attend a church that goes against my existence?”

Emma said she hoped Bieber would read some books that would help his "traumatised brain." 

"A straight white pastor/manager can’t be your only major source of world view," she said. “I have so much to say but mostly … I really hope you educate yourself beyond your bible. You have IMMENSE power. Use it to STOP DEGRADING WOMEN. We should all be ‘checking on you’ and Chris Brown because you both need to be held accountable.”

As of now, Justin doesn't seem to have responded to Emma's post, but the piece has sparked an interesting debate about women in the arts, the LGBTQ+ community working with those who don't support them and building your profile while also trying to pay the bills. This is the second time Bieber has been in the news this week, with both of those times linking back to women in the arts having their rights stripped. 

He played a part in the most recent Taylor Swift drama which saw her music sold to talent manager Scooter Braun who also represents Bieber. Cue Bieber sticking by his manager's side and posting nasty comments about Swift for the world to see. 

Closer to home, a Medium article has gone viral in which the rights of two female playwrights were removed from a production after four years of work, only for their names to be removed and a sum of £2,000 paid outright. 

The Irish theatre community is also rife with stories of the same ilk. While it may be easy to blame the arts for being a more-often-than-not poorly-paid industry, incidents like this run deeper than that.

Ask any woman, she'll tell you why. 

Main image by @justinbieber

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