Justin Bieber has once again found himself under fire for doing something moronic. This time it’s for a racist joke that he told years ago, but Biebs insists he’s sorry.
Once again, Justin Bieber has found himself in hot water for doing something moronic. However, the backlash the pop star is facing actually happens to be because of something he did in his past.
Yep, that’s right. Biebs has come under fire after footage emerged of him telling a racist joke when he was just 15 years old.
The “Baby” hit maker was filmed telling a joke in which he asks his friends, “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” before making the noise of a chain saw and then proceeding to use the N-word five times. “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****,” the singer can be heard saying.
According to the Daily Mail, the video was shot in Los Angeles, California, as part of the singer’s 2011 documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Bieber’s PR team has tried to suppress the video and keep it away from the public eye. However, they have clearly failed, and the backlash that will ensue from this clip is sure to have lasting effects on Bieber’s career, which has been greatly aided by black musicians, namely Usher Raymond.
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Bieber himself has decided to respond to the video from his past and has issued an apology.
“I’m very sorry,” the 20-year-old star told TMZ. “I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I 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.”
“As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” he continued. “I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”
The singer continued to blame his actions on his age and insists he has since grown up and realized the error of his ways.
“Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right.”
Bieber then ended his statement with, “Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again….I’m sorry.”
Can you forgive Bieber or has he gone too far this time around?