Usher Defends Bieber

Usher posted a photo on his Instagram account this morning showing him posing with the Biebs & including a message about growing up in the spotlight. [TheGrio]

“At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort,” he wrote.

“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.”

Usher continued, “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.”

Hard to shake after watching this video AND this video, but I feel ya Ush. I’m sure if we had footage of some of the poor jokes we told as teenagers we wouldn’t feel very proud of ourselves, either.


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Justin grew up a country boy in a female-dominated family that smoothed him into the softie he is today. A Seattle radio personality since 2007, he's perfected the art of never taking himself seriously and isn't afraid to cry at movies. Find him riding a scooter (nicknamed "Ivy" after Blue Ivy Carter) through the mean streets of Queen Anne in Seattle or twitter-stalking the Seattle Mariners!