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.