Usher: Is the “Yeah!” singer ripping off dancers with fake money?
It sounds like something out of a sitcom. Like are we certain that Michael Scott never made money with his own face on it in The Office? Out of all the celebs flashing around fake money with their face on it, we have to admit that Usher was not even on the Top 50 of that list. Apparently, that’s what the “Yeah” singer did at a strip though, left tips with Usher bucks.
Now, we’re sure that you have a lot of questions. To be fair, we have a lot of questions as well. Like, why? Well, apparently, the story about Usher paying exotic dancers with fake money has been blown slightly out of proportion. Here’s everything you need to know about the incident.
The original claim
Usher & friends went to the strip club, Sapphire, in Las Vegas. A dancer known only as Pisces posted on her Instagram story that the “Yeah” singer left $1, $20, and $100 dollar bills with his face on them, essentially ripping off the dancers. The bills appeared to be a promotion for Usher’s upcoming Las Vegas residency, Usher: The Last Vegas Residency.
The internet was not thrilled by this bad behavior by Usher, however. Yeah, they assembled straight away to drag the singer on social media. Mainly because Usher also had the bad timing to post a pic of himself wearing what looks like a bucket hat made out of $1 dollar bills on Instagram. Yeah, yeah. Needless to say, you can see the outrage easy enough.
Plus, people in the sex industry work hard for that money. They deserve actual money, you know? Because, as Homer Simpson said, “money can be exchanged for goods and services”.
What actually happened
Apparently, Usher was flashing around the real cash and had nothing to do with the fake “ushbucks”, as the Internet has taken to calling the fake cash. A rep for the Sapphire spoke with TMZ, Usher did not tip with fake money. Apparently, he was very generous with his real cash. (Considering how much money the “Yeah” singer has to have in the bank? Unsurprising.)
The rep said that Usher and his group spent thousands on the dancers along with getting bottle service. The Sapphire is more than happy to have Usher come back. Also, according to sources close to Usher, he wasn’t even the one who brought that fake money. Someone else in his group brought the money, placing it on stage as both a gag & a promotion for Usher’s Vegas residency.
There’s a saying that “there’s no such thing as bad press”, but, like, maybe be careful when making fake currency? At least put in the colors of Monopoly money or something. Either way, Usher, apparently, had nothing to do with anything and paid everyone in actual currency. So, please, stop harassing the poor man.
There’s nothing else to add now that we have the full story. Usher didn’t have anything to do with the “ushbucks”. Though, honestly, the person in his group probably should have given him the head’s up to their existence or done something so the dancers didn’t think it was real money. Otherwise, it would have just been a funny promotion rather than spiraling out as did.
So keep that in mind the next time you go to the club, yeah?
What do you think about the fake money? Should people have waited until the corrected story came out? Should “ushbucks” be used as souvenirs for his Las Vegas residency? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think about this!