Justin Bieber is apologizing after a video surfaced showing him telling a racist joke years ago.
On Sunday, TMZ released an approximately 3-year-old film footage of the now-20-year-old singer telling a racist joke surfaced. According to the Sun, the video was shot backstage at a promotional event while Justin was filming his “Never Say Never” documentary in 2011.
During the video, he asks, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” He continues with the punchline: “Run n––, n––, n––, n––, n––.”
Hours after the release, Justin issue a sincere apology. He attempted to explain his actions and apologized for them.
The statement said, “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.”
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