This week, “Bieber Fever” spread…and it wasn’t pretty. The 20 year singer landed in hot water not once–but twice–after old videos of the phenom using racial slurs hit the net. Since news broke, few celebrities have come to Justin’s defense, including his mentor Usher.
However, the “Good Kisser” crooner broke his silence today (June 7) with a lengthy Instagram post on why we shouldn’t be so hard on his artist and friend.
“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,” wrote Usher. “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.”
He 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,” added Usher. “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.”
Bieber has also issued several statements in reference to the controversial videos, including a written statement and Instagram updates.
Vixens, do you think Justin Bieber is a racist?
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