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Usher

Justin Bieber Made Bad Choices

... But He's No Racist

6/7/2014 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0607-usher-justin-bieber-02Usher is finally speaking out about the videos that surfaced this month showing his protege Justin Bieber using the n-word ... and even though he wasn't happy, Usher says J.B. is no bigot.

Usher took to Instagram Saturday posting a pic of he and Biebs with a long caption describing how he feels ... he explains, "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 adds, "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."

For those of you keeping track ... Usher, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Tyson, Young Money, Floyd Mayweather and Souljah Boy have all voiced support for Justin, who has already apologized.

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Chgome    

Bieber is an uneducated bigot, no doubt. If he was a decent guy I could maybe forgive him but he is not. He needs to just go away along with the Kartrashains (they are racists also, just cause you f*ck black doesn't mean you don't think they are your lessor), time to call all these fools out and change this Country.

54 days ago
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Chgome    

Wasn't Usher one of Michael Jackson's kids ?

54 days ago
18.

?smh?    

Sorry but at 14 & 15, you know better.

54 days ago
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Sadiemay    

I would expect Usher to say that. Makes him look pretty bad if Justin is a racist.

54 days ago
20.

elpablo    

This is so stupid. Everyone has told "racist" jokes because the stereotype is so extreme and so obviously stupid, that it's actually funny! Doesn't necessarily mean someone is racist. Can everyone imagine if everything they ever said was recorded and released to your employers or something? BTW, Bieber is a douche regardless, but not a racist.

54 days ago
21.

01void    

Wait for the next comment to come out of the biebs mouth and then see who continues to back him up.

54 days ago
22.

Chloe Indigo    

If Justin Beiber really wants to man up he should follow Jonah Hills example. All the celebrities in the world can speak on his behalf but the message will be lost on his 5 million Twitter teens unless he speaks on camera by himself like a big boy. Jonah was on Fallon like the day after it happened. He was open and honest and squashed it. It have me knew found respect for Jonah. Hiding in Mexico in a mansion just inexcusable. He always says he's a man now. Go on camera and address this like one. Teach these Tweens something for God's sake.

54 days ago
23.

nursechristi    

Poor Paula Deen. She has more class and respect than this little ******* and admitted in court she used the word so many years ago and still got railroaded. Pure Bullcrap.

54 days ago
24.

thafixxx72@gmail.com    

IF HE SAID IT SO WHAT. *****'S NEED TO STOP CO-SIGNING FOR THAT LITTLE PUNK.

HE IS RACIST, USHER IS GAY AND TRYING TO HIDE IT AND THEY ARE BOTH ****ING EACH OTHER.

54 days ago
25.

Lori    

First off, I think the n-word is horrible, but I have to ask why are black people saying to forgive Justin, but they raised all sorts of Hell over Donald Sterling? Is it OK to be young and stupid, but not old and stupid? You can't have it both ways... if you are going to condemn one person, you have to condemn the other.

54 days ago
26.

Sparky    

Oh give me a break, I was raised in a Lilly White neighborhood with no blacks living within 20 miles of us and I KNEW AT 14 NOT TO USE THE N-WORD or TELL RACIST JOKES. All these excuses Bieber is expelling is b u l l s h i t and I can't believe he gets a pass and Sterling doesn't. Ya know why, cause Biebers young and good looking while Steriling is old with wrinkly balls. Neither one deserves a pass. NONE!

54 days ago
27.

Tweeder    

News flash using the "n" word doesn't make you racist it's a word, no different from when a black person uses cracker or honky... Wait I forgot I'm white and everything I do is considered racist in the eyes of African Americans

54 days ago
28.

justmyopinion    

Usher please go sit down somewhere... Shame on you!

54 days ago
29.

cmg    

Rodney king said, "can we all just get along". He was a smart man and look what he was put through. Come on guys we all share this world and it takes one person at a time to change it. God bless all of us.

54 days ago
30.

Hotness    

Now that Usher says it it has to be true!!!

54 days ago
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