Justin Bieber Apologizes For 'Childish and Inexcusable' Racist Joke
Pop star Justin Bieber has apologized for a a racist joke he made five years ago with the apology coming after a video of him repeatedly using the "N-word" surfaced online.
In the video, the 15-year-old heartthrob ask his friends: "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" Someone off camera quipped: "Don’t even say it. Don’t say it."
Mimicking the sound a chainsaw, Justin is then seen saying: "Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r".
Bieber, now 20-years-old, released an apology for his "childish" mistake in a statement to press and on his social media accounts, by saying:
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.Here is the difference between Justin Bieber and myself; I would never have even crossed my mind as a teenager to make that sort of joke in the first place.