Justin Bieber Apologizes for Racist Joke; Beliebers Rush to His Defense

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Justin Bieber should change his name permanently to 'controversy' because the two have become synonymous over the past year. (Probably somewhere between his parade of women and DUI arrest.) Most recently, when a 5-year-old video surfaced of him dropping the N-word several times in an attempt at a joke.

After the vid of the then-15-year-old Bieber hit the web, the public went into major debate mode. While most outlets criticized the young singer for his words, surprisingly, plenty rushed to his defense, including his former bodyguard, Kenny Hamilton:

And the words of support didn't stop there. Beliebers all over the world rushed to their idol's side on Twitter:

Floyd Mayweather adds:

In a bold move, Justin personally apologized for his words, "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 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 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."

Which side do you fall on in the debate? Are you still a fan of JB? Or do you think this was inexcusable? Tell us your personal opinions on the subject in the comments below.

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  • Gege

    Oh gosh, he was 15. I go to school with real racist 15 year olds who aren’t making jokes when they use the N word. So why isn’t the media going after them? Because unlike Justin they don’t and will never apologize. So instead of wasting your damn time worrying about someone who’s net worth is about 160 million dollars who made a stupid joke when he was 15 how about you all come down here and put the spotlight on these kids who don’t even use “Nigga” but go with the real thing instead because I guess it’s more authentic. Kids who were raised o think the darkness of my skin should be worth the same as the darkness of the dirt they walk on. But no ones paying attention to that are they? No, because Justin Bieber and his 160 million dollar joke is more important. Get real here people get a life, a real life. And I’m not even a Justin Bieber fan. But it just really pisses me off that people are making racism look like a joke. Racism is not a joke it’s serious and way more than this.

  • ivan

    this is a stupid over reaction to dumb jokes Justin told when he was 15. Other celebrities such as Eminem and Charley Sheen have used the N word so do thousands of inner city kids. He has apologized for that and any poor taste joke he may have made. Are we so oversensitive and unforgiving to a young man who has matured? He has had black and Jewish friends since he was little and never showed racial sentiments. This video and article was from a Bieber hating writer who is trying to deflect attention from One Direction’s drug and N word scandal just before this. In fact he was or is affiliated with O.D P.R. outfit as tweets from the editor of The Sun and the writer show. THE DWI case was a set up by cops who lied as TMZ has shown.

  • Sam

    At least he apologized.

  • Dylan

    Agreed, this is only big news because people love finding reasons to try to bring him down. And even if you try to be upset about this in the least, his apology is perfect, mature, and clears everything up. Also, the article doesnt mention the Directioners and many others are actually looking up to him right now for his apology. Justin apologized for saying those things 5 years ago. Louis Tomlinson said the same word in a video of him and Zayn smoking weed just days ago. This has hardly made published news and people are just looking over it, especially Louis. So many directioners are wanting Louis to look to Justins apology and learn.

    • ivan

      This is a smear job from the Bieber hating writer and Editor of The Sun as I can show.