Usher tells Kanye not to "poke fun"
USHER URGES AMERICA'S YOUTH TO COME TOGETHER + IGNORE KANYE USHERR+B hunk USHER is the latest star to attack KANYE WEST over comments he made at an all-star Hurricane Katrina fundraiser a week ago (02SEP05).The YEAH! singer claims the rapper was wrong to point the finger of blame at President GEORGE W BUSH, who he accused of being a racist, during the telethon.And the R+B star, who will be among performers appearing on an MTV telethon tonight (10SEP05), states, "I wasn't mad at Kanye's statement - that's his opinion - but it's obviously not the opportunity or the time to poke fun or appoint blame."This is an opportunity where we all need to come together - musicians, actors, politicians - and help the (American) Gulf region."Usher is grateful that none of his family members live near the disaster zones in southeast America - but he feels like he's lost the musical heritage of New Orleans, Louisiana, which was left devastated by the tragedy.He explains, "The music that we listen to every day... was founded in New Orleans... This city is basically gone, the history of it has gone."