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Usher Defends Justin Bieber After Leaked Racist Remarks

Usher Defends Justin Bieber After Leaked Racist Remarks

Usher took to Instagram to address Justin Bieber‘s racist comments in recently leaked videos!

“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,” the 35-year-old singer shared.

Usher added, “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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Usher’s remarks about Justin Bieber?

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  • girlstragedy

    Is Usher ok?

  • Emma

    Usher must have been high when he wrote that. Or he is the only person on the planet that thinks Justin is a good person.

  • Roberta

    Oh Usher!!! It’s funny that he wrote that Justin was a naive child 5 years ago. Well, he seems to be the same 5 years later…

  • Nona

    He needs to distance himself from this talentless tool!

  • offtheproperty

    Black people need to get together and announce whether every white person in this country is a racist or not — once and for all!
    No bribery or in-knd contributions allowed.

  • Liz

    I may not like Bieber all that much, but I agree with Usher on this. 5 years is a long time, especially when you’re 14-15 and 19-20. I don’t know what he’s like now though.

  • leelee

    All I’m reading is “Please don’t stop buying his music because I need more money to buy a new jet and a bigger mansion”

  • Roberta

    @Liz: But, have you seen Bieber’s actions lately? Do you really think that he has changed?

  • D


    Me, too! But what I got from it was “I have a lot of money riding on this little sh*t. SO, if you like me — and I can stand him — support me and please ignore his dumb-ass, ignorant remarks he made as a teenager.” :-)

  • Pinkrose

    Justin was stupid, dumb and ignorant as a 15 year old. Justin is still stupid, dumb and ignorant at 19 years old. Maybe even more so. He is definitely richer and more misguided. Don’t know if at his core he is a racist.

  • troll

    @leelee: You got that right! This kid still acts like a kid he’s far from a role model.

  • Isabel

    How can Usher support growth when it’s clear that Bieber doesn’t act a day over 15?

  • someguy

    Imho just some very normal and sane comment about the whole thing.

    It’s just there are so many users trying to create fake “hate” about him but I’m sure, no on genuinely cares about what Justin Bieber did like 5 years ago. I’m sure the internet PR machine will never get tired of any celebrity saying anything…

  • Black Person here

    People need to stop acting like ALL black people think alike and stop thinking we all have to feel a certain way about a particular issue. Im not a fan of Justin Beebs but I also don’t think he’s a racist and don’t think he’s evil. Does he need to grow up? Yes but nobody is perfect. If you’ve never said anything mean to anyone in your life then don’t go throwing stones. I wish him the best. Stacey Dash joined Fox News. I think that’s the most dumbest thing ever but I have to respect the girl for sticking to her convictions regardless of what anyone thinks. Finally, lets get away from the culture of putting people away just because they say a “Bad Word” and lets try to move into compassion and understanding of where someone is coming from . Good for Usher!

  • Liz

    @Roberta: No I haven’t been paying much attention to him, but did a google search on him now and he still appears to be ignorant and immature. So in most cases what a person did 5 years ago would not apply today, but with this kid it certainly does.

  • Roberta

    @Black Person here: I agree with you, but we live in a world that crucifies people for using that word. SO, if Paula Deen lost all of her sponsors and was crucified by the media, I don’t see why people shouldn’t hold Justin to the same standards. They both used that word, and Justin did it worse by joking about it and the kkk, so, I’ll no cut him any slack. He was 14/15, he was old enough to know better.

  • Wow

    Losing so much respect from Usher. I guess he’s just not rich enough, and still wants to hold onto the Bieber machine.

  • offtheproperty

    @Black Person here: I don’t respect anyone as much as the black Americans who are grateful for the chances that they have had in life, in America — the only country that has ever fought a terrible Civil War — TO END SLAVERY.
    Millions of people are slaves today in Africa, Asia and the Arab world.

  • Black Person here

    @Roberta: well I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on the cutting of slack. Glad to see so many black people come out to support him. Tired of this making people go away for saying a word nonsense. This wont bring JB down but his continuous actions like DIU might if he doesn’t change, which to me is way more serious. Wish him the best….And Paula Deen PRACTICED racism for decades. If you read some of the way she treated her black employees it was like Jim Crow days. JB has nothing on Paula….

  • Jenna

    @Black Person here: Yes, all black people do NOT think alike, because I’m black and 110% disagree with you. My family raised me to know that word was wrong before I was even in the second grade. I probably watched every movie and read every book about black history before middle school. I knew the weight of the words and of the actions, and by 14 years old I for certain knew the dangers and ignorance behind THAT word. Bieber may be white and from Canada and didn’t get the same history lessons I did, but the fact that he brought the K KK into his little “tune” and the way he used it, he wasn’t stupid in his knowledge of the history, relation and weight…however, he was stupid enough to use it. There is a HUGE difference between saying something “mean” and hurting someone’s feelings and then using something so colossally powerful as THAT word, THAT situation. There are certain things you don’t say to people and that is one of them. There are things in people’s lives and American history that you don’t joke about. If Bieber joked about 9/11..would that be taken as “oh he was young”? Or because it affects a wide variety of people, would be taken more seriously? I don’t think so, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are lines you shouldn’t cross and he crossed that one big time and Usher is an idiot for defending. There is nothing about Bieber’s behavior even in recent months that shows that he has grown up at all and I find it VERY hard to believe he doesn’t use that word around his friends to this day. Stacey Dash is a bonafide idiot so I’m not going to applaud her for anything. Just because someone is black doesn’t mean I agree with everything they say or do. There is ignorance in every race and Stacey Dash has proven her own ignorance many times. But, this situation is about Bieber, and I’m sorry, but I have zero compassion and understanding from where Bieber was coming from and, in turn, for Usher as well. Bieber joked around friends who told him “don’t say it”, they were his age too…and they knew.

  • J

    @offtheproperty: The Black Americans who should be GRATEFUL for the CHANCES they have in America? You must be joking. First of all, you need to understand that every black person in America didn’t even have family that came from slavery. Second of all, you act as if the Africans who were enslaved did something wrong, got punished and should be grateful that America let them off the hook and that everything they get now is given to them for “good behavior”. They’re not toddlers who had a time out and got to watch TV an extra hour on a school night for good behavior. Slaves were thankful when slavery ended because they shouldn’t have been slaves in the first place. But people who get up everyday, go to work, take care of their families and live honest lives like every other race in America don’t need to be “grateful for their chances” to anyone else but the God they believe in… whether they’re black or white..OR BOTH. When I get my paycheck I sure don’t say “oh thank you to white America for giving me this chance”. I’m black, I didn’t come from Africa, and I have every right to be in this country as much as the next American. Slavery ended in America, but racism is clearly still alive and in motion.

  • offtheproperty

    @J: You are full of hatred. You are simply, hatred. See you at the Civil War.

  • J

    @offtheproperty: That’s not hatred in the least. You’re just ignorant. I don’t hate anyone or any race nor am I prejudice to anyone or any race, I just feel that it was totally ignorant of you to think black people should thank white America for “our chances in life”. Slaves should’ve never been slaves in the first place. It was HATE that made them slaves. PEOPLE deserve to be treated equally and I thank my blessings and chances to God, not to white America.

  • tick

    The higher you fly, the harder you fall. Those remarks will haunt Bieber until the day he dies. Hope he enjoyed his 15 minutes. Bieber is done. Nuff said.

  • pc police

    It’s ok, pukes. Not a problem to use the “N” word if you are one. Good thing he wasn’t held at gun point in a bank robbery decades ago and used it on someone who he befriended and gave a job to. Poor Paula for not having a friend like Usher.

  • offtheproperty

    You’re comments are so confused and ignorant, it’s just evidence of why we should never haves trusted a black man as our president. Because, like you, obama can’t see anything past his consuming blind rage.
    Read your first response to me. That’s rage.
    You can’t even acknowledge even to yourself all the opportunity you’ve been given by this country — more than you would ever have found anywhere else in the world. But you won’t be satisfied until everything is in ruins, because then you won’t ever have to be second-rate anymore, because there will be nothing to compare anything else to.
    It will all be ruins.
    That’s what you and obama want.

  • Yaya

    People are taking their hate for Bieber and just running with this. I am against whites using the N word or treating people like they think they are the N word. However, Bieber was clearly a kid. My concern is who was watching Bieber at this time? Was is Scooter Braun? Obviously Bieber’s parents need to be questioned? But, to say Bieber hasn’t changed from 14 yrs old is ignorant. What he has been driving fast, drinking, possibly using drugs. Yep, that makes him racist cause only racist 20 yrs old those things…. If this video was made in the past couple of years, then I would think different, but a child will be a child. That is why adults need to watch their children. The same people against Bieber are JT fans, when he treated Janet like she was the N. word. How many of you are mad at adults like Riley Cooper and Incognito who as adults threatened black people? My 6 yr old niece was told at school by another 6yr she doesn’t like black people .Should I yell at that CHILD? or wonder about her parents?

  • SueW

    No surprise that Urrrshur would defend this little creep. His whole reputation is tied in mentoring her and by admitting she has always been a creep it harms his reputation. I really wish she would go away and take Urrrshur.

  • pc police

    Surprise! Usher defends this little “N” word wannabe. Usher has big bucks to loose. It’s ok though, pukes, the Biebs is the definition of the “N” word so he gets a pass.

  • Y

    I honestly don’t care about the situation or Bieber, it was 5 years ago, it’s done with. But people using the excuse “He was naive.” Or “He was a kid.”, is bull. He was 14 or 15 years old. He knew what he was saying and doing. It’s not like he was 5 and said it but didn’t know the implications of what he said, no he was 14 or 15 and knew what he was doing. That’s what annoys about the situation.

  • Ryan

    I agree with usher it was 5 years ago, there’s something called “maturing” which I guess most people on here don’t understand.

  • pc police

    Disclamer: not all blacks are “N” words and all “N” words are not black. The point is some get a pass while others do not.

  • d row

    Um, I’m sure you really don’t believe the civil war was faught to end slavery, do you? It was faught to preserve the northern union, who cared nothing about blacks, thank you

  • Karen

    Will people stop covering for this kid. He is never going to amount to anything more the a loud mouth, who will not grow up because others try to cover for his actions. I for one will not spend another penny of my hard earned money to make him rich. Usher I thought more of you too.

  • J

    @offtheproperty: Heck yes I got annoyed by your insensitive and ignorant comments, not only are you clearly wrong in everything you said, but the fact that you brought Obama into this just proves you’re a bigot who feels that black people should feel indebted to America. But like @d row said, you clearly know nothing of Civil War, American history nor its future. Good day to you.

  • http://aedyjhg CHRISPOKISEL

    Is not good to show you no news

  • Grace

    Usher is covering his ass because not saying anything or condemning him will make him look like a fool for mentoring this racist moron.

  • Mel

    Does usher know that he is black?

  • offtheproperty

    @d row: That’s true in a very real political-economy sense of history and I don’t disagree to that extent. But you also have to understand that for decades leading up to the start of the Civil War and throughout, slavery was the highest profile issue in the public discourse — the public discourse of a moral, Christian nation.
    Since then, for slaves you have to go to islam.

  • Bruce

    Makes sense, just trying to protect his investment. Bieber = bucks for Usher.

  • offtheproperty

    @J: You’re just most comfortable being a victim and an enemy and hater of your own country.
    The country that has given you everything.

  • Jeff

    Slavery in America was one of the worst abominations in human history. However, the modern descendants of slaves are far better off than if their ancestors had not been kidnapped from Africa. Even the worst off here are better off than almost all in Africa. Ironic, but true.

  • Ann

    Usher sounds stupid. 15 is old enough to know better.

  • J

    @offtheproperty: WTF? I don’t hate my country. I don’t know what kind of reading compresention you have, or if you’re just a troll trying to start an argument on here, but the only problem I had was with you implying that black people should never be offended by racisim because slavery ended. Slavery ended, yes, but racisim has not and it never will if people (black, white, mixed race, etc) don’t fight to end it… people who love their country can dislike problems within it. Are you saying that gay people hate their country because they fight for the right to marry? Or should they just be happy to live here? Just because black people are free now does not mean they should turn the other cheek when people are racisit, which is how you made it sound by saying we should just be grateful. That was a hurtful, ignorant and rude comment you made and I called you on it. Don’t try and twist that back on me as being a hater of where I come from because you’re wrong on every count. That’s the last thing I’m going to say to you.

  • mariA MENDOZA

    why do some whites always remind blacks of the “opportunities they’ve been given” in the USA? whites have not done the “giving” – most if not all whites were poor and desperate, searching for a better life, when they immigrated, legally or illegally, to the USA. they too have been “given opportunities” — in many cases, not because of their superior talent or hard work, but simply the color of their skin.

  • J

    racist* racism*

  • J

    @mariA MENDOZA: THANK YOU. That’s what I was trying to explain, but I guess I was so heated by his ignorant comment. Agree 110%. off the property was way out of line.

  • mariA MENDOZA

    Jeff: whites in the USA are also ALL better off than their impoverished ancestors; you’re no longer staving in the gutters of Europe as they were.

  • dunno

    I have many friends who are black. The friends I have NEVER act like they are any different or ANYONE owes them anything. I dont think anyone should be punished for saying things in private period. The issue I have with slavery is that if you will actually read and study into slavery it was BLACKS that sold BLACKS into slavery and thats how they made it to America for the most part. So this being said I know slavery was horrible but no one are slaves now and 2nd if slaves were not brought to America guess what… THEY WOULD ALL STILL BE IN AFRICA AND INSLAVED… So yes it was better to be brought to America as slaves then freed than to be left in Africa!!

  • dunno

    mariA MENDOZA.. LOL whites are better off from HARD WORK.. How about you look up what percent of technology and total inventions were created by whites then look around your home and take all of that away??? I do not hate anyone but want everyone to be thankful for what they have and stop acting like the WHITE man took things from anyone… Whites created many, many things and continue today to do so along with everyone else… If everyone would work together instead of saying “he dont like me” like children the world would be a better place.