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Usher confirms: Bieber not a racist

By | Published on Monday 9 June 2014

Justin Bieber

After the recent posting of two videos showing a younger Justin Bieber employing that ‘n word’ and sharing racist jokes, the pop tyke’s mentor Usher has stepped in to confirm that, just in case there is any remaining doubt, his musical ally is “not a racist”.

Following up the Biebster’s own apologies for his former ‘n word’ utterances, and manager Scooter Braun’s customary issuing of some pop nonsense philosophy about learning from one’s mistakes, Usher posted a photo of himself with a youthful Bieber on Instagram over the weekend, noting: “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”.

Referring to the old videos that have surfaced in recent days, he went on: “What he was five years ago was a naïve 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”.

So, those racial slurs you’re all obsessing about came from a poor naïve child. And let’s face it, compared to the self-absorbed wanker Bieber has grown into in recent years, I think we’d all probably take that naïve child any day, racism and all.