Laurence Fishburne: 'Justin Bieber Acts 'Black-ish,' But He Doesn't Get Shot by the Police'

Justin Bieber hangs out of a car in Hollywood
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Justin Bieber is seen in Hollywood on July 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

It’s been a while since Justin Bieber toured or released a new album, but the singer always seems to be on our minds. In explaining the title of his new sitcom Black-ish, Laurence Fishburne dropped a little Bieber reference to get the tricky racial point across.

“I think of it this way -- two words: Justin Bieber,” Fishburne says. “Justin Bieber acts ‘black-ish,’ but he doesn’t get shot by the police. He gets a police escort home.”

Hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez had asked the executive producer about the message of the new show, which follows an upper-middle class black family. He did go on to expand his “black-ish” definition:

“If you like rock and roll, if you like rhythm and blues, if you like jazz, if you like hip-hop, you might be black-ish.”

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