G.O.O.D. Music’s Common recently offered his input on pop star Justin Bieber catching fire a few months ago after leaked footage of him dropping the N-Bomb on multiple accounts surfaced. #thepass
Instead of lashing out on J. Biebs, Common gave the pop icon a pass for not knowing any better during his teenage years.
“I know how much Justin Bieber is–like he respects black culture. He surrounds himself with black people. So, I don’t think it was something that–To be honest I never even seen the tapes, but I got the feedback of it. But I don’t think it’s something that he was saying wholeheartedly to demean a black person. From what I–I didn’t see the tape, but from what I pick up I don’t think he–And if he did, he was in a place where he just didn’t know. Like he must have been raised in a place where he just didn’t know. Cause he obviously gravitated towards black culture. So, he has to have a certain amount of respect for it. For you to be a part of it and want to be a part of it.” (VLAD TV)
Last month, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. knocked out any assumptions or speculation of Biebs being racist.
“Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it’s part of growing up. I am proud of what he’s doing as a 20 year old musician and business man. #TMT www.TheMoneyTeam.com,” Mayweather captioned to a photo of himself and Bieber on Instagram June 1. (Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram)
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy had also smashed any speculation of Justin having racist thoughts.
Soulja Boy is the latest BFOJB (Black Friend of Justin Bieber) to come to the singer’s defense in the wake of his racist joke scandal … saying JB should be forgiven for his transgression. As TMZ first reported, noted BFOJB Floyd Mayweather was first to defend Bieber over the weekend … saying, “We all make mistakes when we are young, it’s part of growing up.” Now Soulja tells TMZ he doesn’t feel Bieber should be held accountable for something he said when he was 15. Soulja says Justin is still his boy and people should not think Justin is racist … because he isn’t. (TMZ)
In a public statement, J. Biebs blamed ignorance and his youth for making the now-infamous racist comments.
“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 jokse, 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.” (Justin Bieber’s Twitter)