Wed 4 Jun 2014
Things are not looking good for Justin Bieber. On Sunday, a video leaked online to TMZ where a 15-year-old Bieber is captured telling a racist joke. According to the U.K. Sun, the video was recorded backstage during a promotional event in 2011.
In the short clip, Bieber asks the room “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?,” responding with, “Run ni**a, ni**a, ni**a, ni**a, ni**a.” Hours after the video surfaced online, the pop superstar issued a statement. “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,” said Bieber.
UPDATE: Another video has surfaced. In this clip, Justin is seen and heard using the N-word in a parody song. (via TMZ)
Watch the both clips and read Justin Bieber’s full statement below.
A 14-year-old Justin Bieber did a horribly racist version of his own song 5 years ago … looking into the camera and singing … “There’ll be one less lonely n*****.”
Bieber and his team tell TMZ … they want this video out, because he wants to own what he did.
We’re told when Justin was 14 … he had seen a random video online in which a comedian parodied his song, “One Less Lonely Girl,” but the guy replaced the word “girl” with the n-word.
READ BIEBER’S FULL STATEMENT BELOW…
“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.”
Previously: Justin Bieber Feat. Migos – “Looking For You”