Justin Bieber is in the midst of yet another scandal, and this one doesn’t seem like it will die down any time soon. However, Justin’s friends are speaking out to deny that the 20-year-old singer is racist, including mentor Lil Wayne and everyone at Young Money Entertainment.
Justin Bieber‘s latest N-word scandal doesn’t look like it’s going to disappear any time soon, now that two videos have been released — within four days of each other — of Justin using the N-word as a 14- or 15-year-old in increasingly offensive ways. It’s hard to tell whether the public will accept Justin’s second apology; however, Justin’s friends at Young Money are standing behind him, according to TMZ. Read on for more!
Lil Wayne: Justin Bieber Is Forgiven For ‘One Less Lonely [N-Word]’ Video
“Everyone on the label has interacted with Bieber extensively and there has not been a hint of racism on Justin’s part,” TMZ is reporting. President of Young Money Entertainment, Mack Maine, told the outlet that “the majority of Justin’s crew is black, and, ‘Bieber does not have a slave mentality. He treats his people with respect.'”
Justin has “legitimately adopted the culture of the hip hop, African American culture,” Mack told TMZ, and he confessed a stupid mistake of his own as a young man. “I remember telling a white man, Chinese man, Black man joke as a kid that was terrible and I told it to my friends because I thought they’d think it was funny.”
Justin Bieber Has A Long History With Young Money Entertainment
The first video, released June 1, has Justin telling a racist joke with the N-word as a punchline. It’s not funny. The next video, released June 4, has Justin singing a parody of his 2009 hit, “One Less Lonely Girl,” singing it as “One Less Lonely [N-Word],” and mentioning the Ku Klux Klan. Again, it’s not even remotely funny.
Justin Bieber and Young Money have a pretty collaborative history; in Justin’s 2010 video for “Baby,” Young Money artists Drake and Lil Twist appeared in the video. Nicki Minaj lent a verse to Justin’s “Beauty And The Beat,” as well as appeared in his video. While Justin is signed to Island Records, some of his most successful music has had ties to Young Money, so it’s incredibly important for his career that the label remain happy with him.
Justin’s most recent apology, released by him exclusively to the Sun which leaked his first N-word video, is below:
“Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with. But, I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. Once again, I am sorry for all those I have let down and offended. I just hope that the next kid that age who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistake I once made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did.”
So, HollywoodLifers, what do you think? Young Money has forgiven Justin and so do his friends — do you? Let us know.
— Amanda Mitchell