Justin Bieber has been in a lot of hot water lately, but nothing compares to his latest stunt… pushing away his own fans.
Bieber was caught on tape telling a racist joke to his friends about black people. The incident occurred five years ago while Bieber was filming his documentary, Never Say Never. Bieber, who was 15 at the time asked his friends, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” As his friends urged him not to finish the crude joke on camera, Bieber continued the punchline saying, “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.”
After the controversial video was released, his fans had a lot to say about the Bieb’s insensitivity towards black people. He felt the heavy backlash from the footage and decided to issue a public apology, saying:
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was okay to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.”
In his statement, he said he thought long and hard about what he wanted to say and knows his responsibility to the world. He also promised to never make the same mistake again.
He ended his apology by saying:
“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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I personally believe in giving people second chances, and his apology sounds sincere. Bieber is an artist who uses a lot of black influences in his music and style. He also has many black friends and has adapted to the black culture pretty quickly. I honestly think he was young and ignorant at the time the video was filmed and I believe he has truly learned his lesson.
What do you think? Has Bieber really learned from his past mistakes and do you think he will be careful of his words next time?