Justin Bieber Racist Joke Video Surfaces, He Apologizes
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:15:58
A video of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke back when he was in his teens, with his then-signature swoopy bangs, has surfaced on the web.
The video is posted below and it contains language that may offend some Beliebers and/or non-Beliebers.
It could be considered NSFW. So proceed with caution.
It is an older clip and it is suggested that The Biebs' team knew about the video and its existence, and that they even paid copious sums of cash to keep it buried. But everything finds away to surface on the Internet and nothing is sacred, no matter the price.
The video could become a headache Bieber, now 20, despite the fact that it is not new or recent and because The Biebs has worked with many black people in his career and still does.
The singer issued the following sincere statement on the video and the matter:
"As a young man, 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."
What do you think of this video and of The Biebs' handling of the matter?