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
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)

(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."

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Mark Dreher
Jun 3, 2014 8:09 AM CDT
I'm sure, "it was a joke". I mean, he lets black people, "just live in his house" Right? And "drive his cars" Right? And "get DUI's, in them" Right? I REALLY Really really Truly truly Don't Think, he "has any problems, or bad opinions", about black people. Don't think He has ANY. I will tell a racist joke. "What has, 8 legs" "Is always running" "And makes the noise" "Ho" "De" "Do" "Ho De Do" Four blacks Running for the elevator. See? I'm terrible. But I still like blacks. You must know, what a joke is.
TwoSheds
Jun 2, 2014 10:50 PM CDT
When will he apologize for his "music"?
John
Jun 2, 2014 8:54 PM CDT
I now expect equal treatment of news media dragging Bieber's name through the mud, banishment, job termination and a monetary fine from the Entertainment Industry just as was done to Sterling and should be done to Stiviano for her racist comments.