Justin Bieber Apologizes for N-Word Joke

Says he was young, didn't realize he was 'continuing the ignorance'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2014 8:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – As sources promised he would, Justin Bieber has apologized for telling a racist joke that included the n-word back when he was 15. At that age, "I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance," Bieber says in a statement to the AP. He made the joke while being filmed for his documentary Never Say Never, but it just came to light (thanks to a British tabloid) because his team apparently paid a lot of money to keep the footage out of the 2011 film.

"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 of those who I have offended," Bieber's statement continues. "I'm very sorry. I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior. ... 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."

Justin Bieber speaks to photographers as he arrives at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Justin Bieber speaks to photographers as he arrives at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 22, 2014.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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