While Justin Bieber has been doing a lot of things over the past few months that have not exactly been the most sensible of choices, he is currently being slated for making a mistake from five years ago, when he was still just a young boy. Justin finds himself at the centre of a racism storm, following the emergence of a video of the singer doing some very silly things.
The video shows Justin Bieber saying the N word while making a racist joke, before then going on to make jokes about joining the Ku Klux Klan. Justin has made two formal apologise since then but people will not let it rest and have branded him racist. Now, singer Usher, who has been like a mentor to Justin, has spoken out to defend the singer and insist that he is in no way racist.
Usher explained, "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 added, "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."
Usher is not the only African-American celebrity who has come out to lend their support to Justin Bieber, with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Tyson, and Soulja Boy all coming out to defend the singer.