Usher is finally commenting on his mentee Justin Bieber’s recent downward spiral in a new interview for Nylon Guys, and it sounds like he wants very much to wash his hands of the whole thing. His comments don’t seem to be specific to the recent racism controversy, and it’s likely the interview was conducted before those videos surfaced. So aside from reports that he’s “disappointed,” we still haven’t heard Usher’s thoughts on that specific scandal. How convenient that he’s given up on the Biebs just as things are getting really bad. Is he a psychic?
Here’s what Usher had to say about Bieber’s douchebaggery:
“I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it’s his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s process… Am I in it with him? Yeah. It’s unfortunate. I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don’t know.”
What’s that I hear? It’s the sound of Usher passing the buck. He’s trying to pass it to Bieber himself, it would seem, but I’m I’m sure he’d be happy if anyone took it. Yes hello world, there’s a free buck here to take off Usher’s hands. It comes with a bratty pop star attached to it. Anybody? Hello?
It’s amazing to me how selective Bieber and his entourage are about whether or not he’s an adult. Sometimes he’s just a kid who doesn’t know any better and grew up in a difficult environment, and we should cut him some slack and let him make mistakes. But as soon as things get bad enough that the people who are supposed to be guiding him can’t do it anymore (or when scandals from years ago pop up that he’s supposedly learned from), he’s an adult who can handle his own problems. It’s the same when Bieber’s mom comments on his scandals. Except she would also like to pass the buck to God. Poor God.
Here’s the thing, though. You don’t get to take credit for being Justin Bieber’s mentor and creating a successful pop star and making all the positive things about his career happen, but then shrug your shoulders and say it’s all on him when things get tough. Usher doesn’t get to be as selective about his responsibility as Bieber is with his status as an adult.