Racist Remark Sparks Beiber Apology
While filming his documentary entitled Never Say Never, a 15 year old Justin Beiber also was recorded telling a racist joke to his friends on camera.
Reportedly, Beiber asked his companions why black people are afraid of chainsaws. When they did not know, he told them “Run n**ger, run n**ger, run n**ger.”
Putting aside the fact that the joke isn’t even close to amusing, he called it a “reckless and immature mistake’’ after the video leaked to the press and was released.
The video then made it onto computers when the clip was subsequently posted on the internet for all to see, made viral by the first of June.
The clip was originally obtained and released by editors at the British newspaper, The Sun. It was filmed in 2011, and Beiber is now 18 years old, an adult, as he tells the world he is sorry for his brashness.
A statement, issued by the troubled star to TMZ.com, “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.”
He continued, “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.”