Usher Clarifies Earlier Comments On The Justin Bieber Racism Controversy By Defending Him



What’s that saying?  Something like “it’s an Usher‘s prerogative to change is mind?” Well whatever it is, Usher took to his Instagram account yesterday to clarify his thoughts and feelings on the Justin Bieber racism controversy, where he was recorded telling racist jokes a few years ago.  After apologies from Turd Ferguson Scooter Braun and Justin himself, with a little Bible thrown in for good measure, everyone wanted to know what Usher thought of the whole ordeal.  Since Usher is known for being Justin’s “mentor,” and is African-American, it’s natural to assume he’d have a response.

A few days ago, he kind of danced around the issue and seemed reluctant to deliver a straight opinion on the matter.  He also kind of passed the buck onto Justin – which, if we’re being honest, is a shitty thing to do since Usher was all about riding Justin’s coattails and taking credit for his success back before everyone hated him.  Now that he’s a controversial figure in pop music (aka 90% of the world population would rather undergo a root canal than have anything to do with this kid), Usher’s steered pretty clear of anything Bieber-related until this week.  So yesterday he posted the above photo on Instagram, and the caption states:

“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.”

He “hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential” MIIIIIIGHHHT be the biggest understatement of all time, so I’m going to assume the subtext of that reads: “Justin Bieber is on an incredibly self-destructive path that I find to be totally abhorrent and embarrassing, so I’d rather not be associated with this little jerk anymore.  And if my kids and other people’s kids start emulating his behavior, I’m gonna kick this kid’s saggy-bottomed ass all the way back to Canada.”

I also think “naive child” is a bit of a stretch. Teenagers know what they’re doing. They know right from wrong.  I hate it when adults underestimate them – sure they’re immature and still “kids” in some ways, but they’re also probably chugging wine coolers and rapidly rounding the bases in their parents’ family rooms, so let’s not pretend like he didn’t know saying the N-word was wrong. But you do you, Usher.  Even if it means pretending like you didn’t help create this little monster.

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    • Yaya

      Whoa, talk about a trolling for attention. This story is too funny and really going HAM. So, you think Usher is passing the buck onto Bieber (an adult now), but then say Bieber should be blame because teenager know right from wrong? Make up your mind lol. We all know that teenagers do know right from wrong, but do they make the best decisions? Also, when it comes to racial jokes, many white people don’t find that behavior wrong until checked. Why do people think Usher is Bieber’s parents? How do we not know he wasn’t raised to think telling jokes like that is Ok? I can go on and on about this “story”, but I can tell you just want attention and I gave it to you. Probably will be the only person who will.

      • Nbl

        You’re a moron.

      • M_G

        I was more bothered by the terrible, terrible grammar than what this person was saying (or trying to say, anyway). Beliebers will be Belibers, but there is NO excuse for poor sentence structure and proper syntax. :-)

      • Nbl

        They need a performance by Those Slippery Homonyms.

      • FemelleChevalier

        I kept re-reading and re-reading, but I don’t get your second sentence at all.

        And you say white people don’t know? Maybe you’re talking about faux pas, but Justin’s actions expressed blatant racism whether he is arguably racist or not. That’s not okay. It’s not like he’s culturally unfamiliar and socially inept to be unaware that what he did was wrong. Every 15-year old should know better already.

    • fantasymother

      This needs a good gif, better than the ones I have.

      Anyway, I think there are few things one can say about the life and times of this 20-year-old that even approach complimentary. However, you missed out on the bathtub baptism. It appears the churches were too full of paps and fans. We all know how impossible it is to control a rowdy crowd in church.