One of Justin Bieber‘s former dancers, Emma Portner, just accused the singer of underpaying her and degrading women in a powerful Instagram post. The choreographer, who is married to actress Ellen Page, worked closely with the “Love Yourself” crooner on his Purpose World Tour and on the music video for his song “Life is Worth Living.”
“@JustinBieber I regret working under your name. I gave your universe my naive body, creativity, time and effort. Twice. For content that you made millions off of. While I made zilch. Natta. Barely anything. Less than minimum wage for the hours I invested,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories on Monday, July 1. “I couldn’t afford to eat. I was sweeping studio floors to be able to practice my craft. The way you degrade women is an abomination.”
Emma also called the 25-year-old out for his recent collaboration with Chris Brown, called, “Don’t Check On Me.” As fans know, the rapper was arrested back in 2009 for assaulting his girlfriend, Rihanna.
“You continue to collaborate with overly problematic people,” the 24-year-old continued. “You religiously go to a church that does not support the LGBTQ+ community. Your company hired an out lesbian in your music video, and to choreograph some content for your Purpose World Tour. How do you feel about that? A lesbian helping you, for a disrespectful amount of money, as you attend a church that goes against my existence?”
“I can only hope for your enlightenment that you read a ton of books. I will gladly purchase and send you some books that will change the way your traumatized brain thinks,” she added. “You depend on proper guidance to move forward. I beg that you find it. A straight white pastor/manager can’t be your only major source of world view. I have so much to say but mostly… I really hope you educate yourself beyond your bible. You have immense power. Use it to stop degrading women. We should all be ‘checking on you’ and Chris Brown because you both need to be held accountable.”
“You can be grateful for opportunity and still hold people accountable. You can be upset with your industry and still want to be a part of it by encouraging change,” she wrote in a second post. “Dialectics will change your life. Get into the word, ‘And,’ and continue down the path of releasing finite judgement. We are all eternally shape shifting.”
Justin has not yet responded to Emma’s statement.
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