Justin Bieber has been on a slow burn toward self-destruction for a while now, but his latest controversy might be the final nail in the coffin of his career — unless he can actually own his racist statements in a meaningful way.
The "Baby" singer has issued yet another statement on the scandal following the release of a video showing him changing the lyrics to his hit "One Less Lonely Girl" to "One Less Lonely N*****," and he says for once he won't make a big joke about his jerkiness.
"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," he told The Sun. "But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. At the end of the day, I just need to step up and own what I did."
Bieber previously released an apology, which read, "I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."
Is being a kid an excuse for such atrocious behavior? Russell Brand says yes. He defended the Biebs on his daily video show The Trews, saying, "It was ages ago when he used to have that haircut. You can't do him for stuff he [has] done when he had that haircut."
"Unless we're going to explicitly say the role of celebrities is we're going to make them really, really famous and then we're going to destroy them and rip them up in a public square with fish hooks, which, you know as long as you don't get round to me, I'm not against," the comedian added.
"But we might as well own up to it if that is what we're up to, otherwise just let him off. Of course, it's wrong to say the N-word, but he's a child."
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