Fed up with the negative rumors surrounding his’s marital situation, Usher gained a bit of notoriety last month for his angry response on TRL. In this month’s issue of Vibe, Usher clarifies his comments a bit further, explaining why he should be praised for being a reliable heterosexual life mate instead of having gossip columnists speculate on his separation from his wife. Particularly of note is his bizarre explanation of the origins of lesbianism:
"Am I so much of a bad guy because I decided to get married? Am I so much of a bad guy [because once I got in the situation], I decided to stand for something, build a foundation, and think about my future? As a man, you would respect me for not turning my back on it. … It can never be bad to have a foundation as a man — a black man — in a time when women are dying for men. Women have started to become lovers of each other as a result of not having enough men. Are you not studying the stories? Wake up! Black love is a good thing."
Is this explanation of lesbianism feminist, or homophobic? Is he getting ready for the 150th anniversary celebrations for The Origin of Species? My guess is that Usher means well, but doesn’t realize quite how controversial that argument can be construed.
Elsewhere, he talks of making amends with his mother after she opposed his marriage, and the troubles of being a music superstar and a father at the same time. Usher’s new album Here I Stand came out on May 27. [Idolator]