Pop singer Justin Bieber remains in the headlines this week as new footage of him using offensive and racist language has leaked across the Internet. #HotSeat
Footage of J. Biebs dating back to his early teenage years using the N-Word has now landed online.
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. Justin then parodied the parody … right on camera. (TMZ)
Media outlet TMZ claims a couple notable African American male celebrities addressed Biebs about his offensive words.
We’re told years ago Justin told both Usher and Will Smith about the videos, saying he knew almost immediately it was a stupid thing to do … Usher took him into a room and showed him historically racist videos to drive home how hurtful these words can be. Bieber and his team say various people have tried to extort him over the last few years — demanding money for both this video and the one he made when he was 15. Justin says he will not be shaken down anymore. He says he wants people to see the video and he wants to accept responsibility. (TMZ)
In a public statement, J. Biebs blamed ignorance and his youth for making the now-infamous racist comments Sunday (June 1).
“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)
Bieber also promised he had since matured since then and stressed his remorse.
“I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and not to 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 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.” (Justin Bieber’s Twitter)
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