Justin Bieber Apologizes For Racist Joke
Justin Bieber has been under fire over the last few days because of a video that recently emerged that shows him telling a racist joke when he was 15-years-old. In the clip, the now 20-year-old asks a female, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” Despite being warned not to finish the joke by someone off-camera, Justin ends with, “Run, n***er, n***er, n***er, n***er!”
Justin, who’s known for being mentored by R&B superstar Usher Raymond and for his friendships with boxer Floyd Mayweather and Young Money rapper Lil Twist, apologized for the offensive joke in a statement released yesterday. Blaming his bad judgment on his age at the time, the pop star said:
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. 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. Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. 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. 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. 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.”
Reportedly, Justin tried hard, but failed, to prevent the video from leaking.
When will people ever learn… stuff like this always manages to get out and bite you in the ass eventually. Check out the video that sparked the controversy below.