Rapper Lupe Fiasco fears Justin Bieber has been let off easy following his race row because so many of his famous friends are jumping to his defence. The troubled pop star has been under fire this week (beg02Jun14) after the leak of two videos, which showed him using the N-word as part of an offensive joke and singing about joining race hate group the Ku Klux Klan.
A number of stars have spoken out to support him, including rapper Mack Maine and Bieber's mentor Usher, who vowed to stand by the embattled singer, and Lupe Fiasco is convinced he is receiving special treatment because of his pop star status. The Superstar hitmaker even compares Bieber to former basketball team owner Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers following the leak of a tape on which he was heard making a number of racist comments.
Fiasco tells MTV.com, "Justin Bieber said it (so) it's cool, and people are already coming to his defence. I don't think anybody should be allowed to profit off racism. Donald Sterling made a billion dollars (when) he sold the team, and there was such an uproar about somebody who didn't use the N-word at all, but then you have somebody who made a very racist joke about it (Bieber) - I wonder if Justin Bieber's gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling? I don't think he will... It's an absurd thing - you get somebody who we 'like' who says it, and says it even more 'racist-ier' (sic) and we don't bat an eyelash (sic) at it."
However, one star who is sticking by the embattled 20 year old is rapper 50 Cent, who is adamant Bieber has "lost" himself after finding fame. He tells Britain's The Sun, "I don't think he's a racist. I don't think even he knows who he is at this point - he's so young. When you see people become huge stars real early, it's tough for them. You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin's still a baby and he's lost."
Money, fame, power, happiness — stars give up on all of this way too easily.
Look at Justin Bieber. A confused boy in a grown-up celebrity world proclaims he plans on retiring.
Why? Not enough backward hats, questionable women and spotlights for him? Maybe he perceived his status would eventually nosedive into oblivion. Beating that nosedive to the punch could save him the embarrassment of fading away into celebrity hell, one in which "starring" on Dancing with the Stars is a career revival.
Bieber isn't the only celebrity who has said he's stepping down. Remember when Joaquin Phoenix said he was hanging it up? How long did that last?
What about Tim Robbins? Obviously he's still around.
Jay-Z called it quits. That retirement ended quickly.
Celebrities, musicians and athletes throw that word around way too often. And carelessly. We don't want to see these stars throw their talent away. If you’re burnt out then just say it.
Don’t play the public and say it's all done. Michael Jordan retired from the NBA. Twice.
There is something amusing about watching a star's comeback. But at the same time, their previous retirements are definitely disingenuous.
The Bieb needs to make up his damn mind. He still has fans even though he has grown up to be a punk. Bieber is no longer the cute, high school aged youngster. Bask in the spotlight while you still can. When the fan love is gone, then toss it away.
Besides, there's no rush to pump out an album. Honestly, how many people do you know clamoring for a new Bieber album? Very few.
The nominations for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are out, and, surprise, Justin Timberlake is leading the pack. He and Macklemore both have the most nominations with six each, including Video of the Year. Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus are also up for a few awards each, and of course familiar faces like Rihanna and Drake are in the mix as well. The full list of nominees is below.
Video of the YearJustin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop"Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
Best Hip Hop VideoMacklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"Drake, "Started From The Bottom"Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, "F--kin' Problems"J. Cole feat. Miguel, "Power Trip"
Best Male VideoJustin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"Ed Sheeran, "Lego House"Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools"
Best Female VideoRihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, "Stay"Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"
Best Pop VideoBruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Fun., "Carry On"Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"Selena Gomez, "Come and Get It"
Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco BellTwenty One Pilots, "Holding On To You"Zedd feat. Foxes, "Clarity"Austin Mahone, "What About Love"The Weeknd, "Wicked Games"Iggy Azalea, "Work"
Best CollaborationJustin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, "Feel This Moment"Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, "I Need Your Love"Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"Pink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"
Best Video With A Social MessageKelly Clarkson, "People Like Us"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"Snoop Lion, "No Guns Allowed"Miguel, "Candles in the Sun"Beyoncé, "I Was Here"
Best Rock VideoImagine Dragons, "Radioactive"Fall Out Boy, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" Mumford & Sons, "I Will Wait"Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young"
Best Art DirectionCapital Cities, "Safe and Sound"Thirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N"Lana Del Rey, "National Anthem"Alt-J, "Tesselate"
Best ChoreographyChris Brown, "Fine China"Ciara, "Body Party"Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull, "Live It Up"will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, "#thatPOWER"Bruno Mars, "Treasure"
Best CinematographyThirty Seconds To Mars, "Up in the Air"Lana Del Rey, "Ride"Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"A-Trak & Tommy Trash, "Tuna Melt"
Best DirectionJustin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Sacrilege"Fun., "Carry On"Drake, "Started From The Bottom"
Best EditingPink feat. Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me A Reason"Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, "Sweet Nothing"Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"Miley Cyrus, "We Can't Stop"
Follow Jordyn on Twitter @jordynmyah | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com
More:MTV to Reveal Video Music Award Nominees Via Vine and InstagramMTV Video Music Awards Move to BrooklynAubrey Plaza Kicked Out of MTV Movie Awards
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
Before Vanessa Hudgens was waltzing with shotguns and having threesomes with James Franco, she was a singing, dancing, Zac Efron-kissing Disney princess. So when word reached us that Hudgens would be releasing a new song, our inner tweens squee-ed with High School Musical-loving delight. But oh, how wrong we were.
RELATED: 'Spring Breakers' Sex Scene: Hot or Horrifying?
Hudgens released "$$$ex" on iTunes Friday, with a video comprised of Spring Breakers clips, and it's just about as far from Gabriella Montez as you can get. It's kind of like Ke$ha — dollar sign and all — but, somehow, worse. I'm not even sure we can classify this cacophony of screeching sound as music… there's certainly no singing.
RELATED: 'Spring Breakers' Glossary: What the Heck is an ATL Twin?
Furthermore, to call the song "inspired by the film Spring Breakers" is an insult to Harmony Korine's work. Hudgens may have starred in the film, but after hearing this song I'm not exactly sure she's seen it. Does she realize the movie is a biting commentary on our culture of over-indulgence? "$$$ex" makes the spring break lifestyle as the f**king s**t, yo. Something has gotten lost in translation.
RELATED: 'Spring Breakers' Is Hot at the Box Office as It Parlays SXSW Success
Watch the video below (or don't, I promise you'll hate it):
Girl, better stick to "Sneakernight."
Follow Abbey On Twitter @AbbeyStone
[Photo Credit: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images]
You Might Also Like:15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes10 Insane 'Star Wars' Moments You Didn't Notice
Want to look like your life motto is “flower power”? Soon you can. Drew Barrymore is following up the miracle of childbirth with her own makeup line, appropriately called Flower.
She’ll be taking her beauty products to WalMart, with a launch set for January 2013, according to E!. Talk about a quick turnaround. The new mother is certainly keeping herself busy. Perhaps that’s why we feel inclined to offer whatever assistance we can. Many celebs have boldly gone where she’s gone before. Some have failed and some have flourished, so we’ve gathered a few tips for the (potential) beauty industry tycoon.
Mary Kate and Ashley’s (Bland, Totally Personality-Devoid) Makeup for WalMart
This twinly duo launched a handful of WalMart lines during their rosier-cheeked days as sitcom stars and wacky duos in shows like Two of a Kind and movies like New York Minute. They didn’t need to put any effort into their branding – the name said it all. But go to a WalMart later today to look for Mary Kate and Ashley makeup and you’ll be looking for a while; because without the teen-skewing content, the brandless makeup was sort of without an audience.
Lesson: Have an actual brand and viewpoint.
Jessica Simpson’s Desserts – Wait, So It’s Food? For My Face?
Simpson’s line was adorable. And edible. And overly sexual. Boys loved the posters, girls were confused about whether the edible whipped cream body cream was going to be like, sticky or something? And why is this being sold at Claire’s? I’m only 14 and I go shopping here with my mom.
Lesson: Clarity. If you’re selling something sexual, don’t play if off as a fun, innocent toy.
Justin Bieber’s Pun-ny Nail Polish Collection
Luckily for Bieber and OPI, anything with a whiff of his moniker sells out like flashlights in a power outage, but that isn’t going to ring true for every celeb. Shades like “OMB! (Oh My Bieber)” and “One Less Lonely Glitter” (instead of Girl) were endless fodder for jokes – and I’m pretty sure some of the jokesters were the girls flocking to pick up the nail polish at WalMart.
Lesson: You are not Bieber. Name shades/colors/products like a normal person. No one wants a Josie Grossie “Egged on Prom” facemask.
The Kardashians’ Legally Vexing Khroma Makeup Line
The Kardashians have lines for every product imaginable. You could probably assume they even have a line of hiking boots (because who wants to look like crap on the top of a mountain, ladies?) at this point. They also started a makeup line with a name that sounded awfully familiar. That’s probably why Chroma Cosmetics filed a lawsuit against the similarly-named sisters.
Lesson: Get your own name. Even if you’re not in legal trouble over giving your line a “familiar” name, have the guts to be your own brand! It’s better for business and significantly less seedy (ha! Get it? Barrymore's line is called Flower).
Salma Hayek’s “Mature” Cosmetics Line – NUANCE
Yeah, we didn’t mean mature. We meant old. Hayek continues to be a sex symbol and yet her makeup line for CVS looks like it’d make a great gift for your hip grandmother. It's covered in muted colors with wispy flower designs cascading over it all.
Lesson: Don’t cover your makeup in baby’s breath flowers, even if your makeup line is called Flowers. Go modern. It will serve you well.
Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler
[Photo Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage]
One Direction Turns Down Condom Deal: 5 Other Sexy Celebrity Products
Drew Barrymore Welcomes Her First Child
Drew Barrymore Back in Director’s Chair for Apocalyptic ‘The End’
From Our Partners:
Bar Refaeli Strips Down for New Underwear Campaign (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Kim Kardashians Best Bikini Moments (PHOTOS)