In an interview with Billboard, Usher said that as Bieber has gotten older he has taken on more of a friend role than a mentor role.
“Our relationship is more man-to-man now,” he said. “He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support. I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f***ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to.”
So the question is, why has Usher not beaten the crap out of Bieber already? Lord knows the kid certainly has given him enough reason. Here are just a few — so Usher, put up your dukes.
1. He said rape happens for a reason
In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Bieber gave a shockingly insensitive answer when asked if abortion should be allowed if the pregnancy resulted from rape. “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason,” he said.
2. He promotes casual drug use to young fans
In 2013, photos surfaced of Bieber and his pals Lil Za and Lil Twist surrounded by joints and sizzurp. Cops found weed on his tour bus on two separate occasions. He has been spotted countless times at 21-and-over nightclubs while underage. While he has a right to a personal life, he also has a responsibility to his very young fan base to not act like an irresponsible fool.
3. He thinks racism is funny
Bieber was caught on tape not once but at least three times making a horrible racist joke, changing the lyrics of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl” to “One Less Lonely N*****,” and talking about joining the KKK. Meanwhile Usher, the guy who gave him his big break, is black. Classy.
4. He used a dead Holocaust victim to promote himself
During a trip to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Bieber left an incredibly tasteless message in the guest book: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” Really?
5. All his neighbors hate him because he’s a jerk
Bieber was charged with criminal battery after spitting at a neighbor and threatening to kill him when the guy dared complain about Bieber’s habit of racing through their residential community at over 100 mph. He was later pegged for egging another neighbor’s house and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
6. His vandalism knows no international boundaries
Just a week after cops in Colombia pulled Bieber and his can of spray paint away from a wall, he was charged with vandalism by Brazilian authorities for tagging a building with a racist image of a monkey wearing hoop earrings and a nose ring. He was forced to clean up his graffiti in Australia, as well.
7. The Bill Clinton pee incident
Rather than walk a whole 10 feet to an actual bathroom, Bieber decided to just pee in a bucket full of water used to mop the club’s floors, and then sprayed a photo of Bill Clinton with cleaning fluid while yelling obscenities. It remains unclear to this day what the former president ever did to the star.
8. He’s the worst driver in the world
Not only was Bieber allegedly driving while drunk in Miami — cops say his eyes were bloodshot and he reeked of booze when they stopped him — but he was doing it while drag racing a car that cost more than most people’s houses, in a residential area going twice the posted speed limit. In a separate incident last summer, he crashed his ATV into a minivan and instead of apologizing, got into a fight with the other driver, resulting in his arrest. More recently, Bieber drove his three-wheeled motorcycle on an LA sidewalk to bypass a busy intersection, nearly mowing down an elderly woman using a walker.
9. He threatened to retire but never did
Seriously, dude, shit or get off the pot. Stop teasing us.