Nothing seems to be going Justin Bieber's way of late. The 20-year-old issued an apology on Sunday following the release of an old video showing the singer making an incredibly racist joke.
Per the TMZ-obtained footage, which was filmed backstage during the Never Say Never documentary in 2011, Bieber states, "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" which is followed by the punchline, "Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****."
As you can imagine, this newly revealed footage did not sit well with the public. Bieber immediately released an apology, claiming that his younger self did not "understand the power of certain words" and that he "didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact [his] actions were continuing the ignorance." Read the full apology below:
Of course, Bieber is not the first celebrity to be caught making racist remarks and, sadly, not the last. The following stars have also been heard mouthing off about other races, and the slip-ups almost cost them their careers:
The most recent racism-embroiled scandal, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught making rather racist remarks to his lady friend/mistress, V. Stiviano (who is of African-American and Mexican descent). In the leaked recording, Sterling can be heard inquiring about V. Stiviano's association with black people, followed by a request to not bring "them" to his games. He has since apologized for the statements, but no one is ready to forgive him.
It appears Miley Cyrus was soaked in controversy even when she was still on Hannah Montana. The singer — only 16 at the time — was caught making slanted eyes with a group of friends in a series of leaked photos, presumably mocking those of Asian descent. Cyrus quickly apologized for the stunt. Little did we know that it was just the beginning…
Oh, Mel Gibson. After an anti-Semitic rant during a DUI arrest in 2006 and some angst-filled, racist voice mail messages leaked in 2010, Gibson was practically ostracized by Hollywood. He's been slowly clawing his way back onto the big screen, but we all feel iffy about it.
Rihanna has been found alluding to Chris Brown's Vietnamese girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, on several instances. For example, she posted a photo on Twitter, referring to Tran as "rice cakes" (by literally fashioning a "portrait" out of a pack of rice cakes). Not cool, Rihanna. Not cool.
Paula Deen definitely lost all of our respect and almost her entire career when she admitted to using the N-word and was accused by a former employee of racial harassment. She was subsequently fired from the Food Network and has been apologizing ever since. No, thanks, Paula.
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