After a shocking video of a 15-year-old Justin telling racist jokes and saying the N-word leaked on June 1, the singer didn’t wait long to own up to his huge mistake. In a long, emotional letter posted to Twitter, Justin apologized for his younger self and explained that he hadn’t grown up yet when the video was recorded. Read his full apology below!
In the midst of what is possibly his most damaging controversy yet, Justin Bieber didn’t waste any time doing some damage control. On June 1, the same day an old video of 15-year-old Justin saying the N-word was released, the singer issued an extensive, personal apology on his Twitter page.
Justin Bieber: ‘I Was A Kid Then’
In the note, Justin initially explains that he was still a kid who didn’t know any better when the incriminating video was filmed. But even so, he takes full responsibility for his former self, and insists strongly that he has grown and matured greatly since then. He finishes by saying that he’s learned his lesson — read the full apology here:
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 it 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.
VH1’s The Gossip Table, spoke about the celebs that have defended Justin’s racist joke.
Justin Bieber: Still Not Done Apologizing For Racist Video?
The video in question, of course, showed Justin telling friends extremely racist jokes, the worst of which ended with Justin cracking the punchline, “Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r!” After all the trouble Justin has gotten into, this leaked video may be the most damaging to his reputation — and the hardest controversy to recover from.
A source told HollywoodLife.com exclusively before Justin released his apology that he would be issuing a statement on Twitter, but the insider also said that the Biebs will be doing far more to ask for forgiveness. “The current plan… is to also appear on different morning shows and late night shows as well if it gets out of hand,” the source said. “They are going to weigh their options once the week begins as more people hear about it. They want to see how the public takes things and work from there on the amount of apologies they will be doing.”
Celebs Defend Justin On Twitter
Several celebrities took to Twitter to defend the pop star for his racist joke.
Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters & sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it’s part of growing up.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 2, 2014
As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist. I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart.
— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) June 1, 2014
So what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is this apology by Justin enough, or is he going to have to do a lot more to earn forgiveness? Let us know.
— Andrew Gruttadaro