Usher‘s the man responsible for bringing Justin Bieber into our lives, so we only have him to
blame thank, right? You’d think he’d be pretty disappointed from all of the revelations about Justin happening lately – from the racist jokes, to the glee over talking about killing “n****rs”, JB is really a class act.
Surprisingly, most of the black people in Justin’s public life don’t seem to be all that bothered about it – though that sorta makes sense considering how much money they have to lose by severing ties with the little prick. With that in mind, Usher offered a message of support and insisted that his little protegee is totally not racist at all, he was just “naive”.
Usher posted the above photo with the following message on his Instagram page this weekend:
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.
Ay carumba. Again, I find it hard to listen to any of these assholes coming out and supporting him – especially when their motivations are not about tolerance about financial gain. NOPE.
June 8, 2014 at 10:00 am by Jennifer
Usher was Justin Bieber‘s mentor for many years, so he presumably cares about his well-being (and may or may not have a financial stake in it). Since Justin has been getting in all sorts of trouble and it’s getting serious now since arrests are involved, Usher’s decided to take a break from… whatever it is he’s doing these days to fly down to Panama, where Biebs is currently sunbathing away from the American press, to stage an intervention.
Sources tell us Usher flew to Panama for a serious come-to-jesus with JB on the heels of his arrest in Miami.
We’re told Justin’s manager Scooter Braun, and Justin’s childhood friend Ryan Butler, are also there for the sit-down. Scooter got roped in for a pic with a Belieber at the resort where they’re all staying.
We haven’t heard this word used, but this meeting has all the earmarks of an intervention.
Well, fair enough, but I doubt an intervention of any kind is going to help this kid at this point. Maybe they should have intervened for the past six years to keep him from getting this way. But no, that would have been too easy and might have stopped the money flow! Couldn’t have that now, could we? Fuck that.
I do think Justin needs to get into rehab stat and get off the Sizzurp and pills and all that, but what difference will rehab make when he gets out and starts hanging out with the same people? When the damage of being a child star who’s been exploited for all of his teen years still hasn’t dealt with all that properly? Nice try, but I think it’ll take more than a measly sit-down in Panama to fix all this, and too many paychecks are involved to make it worthwhile.
January 27, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
The Golden Globes happened last night and man, what a trainwreck! People were drunk and cursing all over the place. And Clooney wasn’t even there.
But you know what was there? The best, worst, and most WTF celebrity fashion had to offer. Let’s take a look through all these GG outfits and pick out which ones were deserving of BEST, WORST, and WTF.
January 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Usher‘s 5-year-old son, also named Usher, was rushed to hospital last week after he nearly drowned in the pool at his father’s Atlanta home. He had to be resuscitated because he took in large amounts of water and basically almost died. The incident is doubly awful considering Usher’s ex-wife and little Usher’s mother Tameka Foster already lost her 11-year-old son from another marriage last year after a jet skiing accident.
In any case, little Usher is okay and recovering at home, and Tameka has spoken out to insist that she doesn’t blame big Usher for the accident during an appearance on Good Morning America.
“I don’t know if there’s a way for a blood pressure to peak higher so quick. I was at a dental appointment and [Usher] doesn’t call me regularly, so when I saw his number come up I immediately jumped up because I figured, ‘He has the boys – I need to get this’.
“It was like I relived [last year]. My brain just went into all those modes of thinking, and I even said on the phone, I said, ‘I’ve had this call before’.”
“I was like, ‘How did this happen? Who was watching him? Why was my son underwater for nearly three minutes?’ I didn’t blame [Usher] for it – I just was angry that it happened on his watch, because while accidents happen, never have my children been injured on my watch.”
Tameka called an emergency custody hearing after the incident, though Usher eventually won it. Here’s what happened with that:
“My attorney filed an emergency motion so that when my son was released from the hospital, he wasn’t going to have to go back to the house where the incident happened, because based on our custody schedule, just like now, my son was released into his father’s care again. I deem that an emergency.
“I’d like to have my first right of refusal, which means that when he is not present the kids come home to their mom. They don’t stay home with their nanny and watch whatever show he’s on. They come home to their mother. I had to see on Instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth. That’s my baby. Things that are precious moments, milestone moments, I’m just missing them.”
She has a point, to be honest. I don’t know what kind of father Usher is and I don’t particularly care, though I do think that while accidents happen, there was probably some amount of distraction there (or just not paying attention) that led to this happening. Tameka has gotten a bad rap in the press, but I dunno, I’m with her on this one… and just glad that the kid is okay.
August 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has gone from a cutie patootie 13-year-old kid with (seemingly) lots of talent to raging asshole with far more bark than his bite that you wanna slap in the face. It’s pretty bad when even mentor realises that you’re heading down the wrong road, and indeed Usher has spoken out to say that he’s “hoping for the best” when it comes to Justin getting his shit together.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Usher tried to be as diplomatic as possible about the situation, saying:
“I think all of us, in some way, have humble beginnings that pan out to be incredible and we hope that in his transition, as friends and family who have helped him be who he is, that he’ll continue to just mature.
“In this [day and] age of social media, there is no privacy and that kind of trial and elimination period is kind of done in front of a camera… Many other celebrities are products of it and some come out bad and some come out good.
“I am hoping for the best. I don’t look at it as a negative, though, I look at it as a teenager – he’s a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera. Imagine if you had to do that as a teenager.”
May 30, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Usher may be raking it in on The Voice (please do not bring him back next season, NBC), but he’s not paying up alleged overtime wages owed to a former nanny who looked after his two kids, aged 4 and 5 at the time, from 2010 to 2011. The new Larry David now faces a lawsuit from the nanny, which is apparently bullshit (as so many of them are).
Cecilia Duncan is suing the singer, claiming Usher hired her as a part-time nanny back in December 2010 and she worked her ass off caring for his two sons (aged 4 and 5) often exceeding 40 hours per week.
According to the lawsuit, Cecilia felt like she was being overworked without being paid overtime … and expressed her concerns to Usher in 2011 that she was being shafted.
Cecilia says Usher ignored her complaints for more than a year … and finally fired her ass last September without paying her overtime money.
She’s now suing for wrongful termination, failure to pay wages, and more — demanding unspecified damages. Sources close to the lawsuit tell us she wants in the six-figure range.