June 2, 2014


Justin Bieber Apologizes for Making Racist Joke on Video

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Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/amfAR14/WireImage

UPDATE (6/2): Justin Bieber has released the following statement via his Twitter account: "As a young man, 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 to not 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 is 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."

Original story: A video has popped up from Justin Bieber's past, and in it, the then 15-year-old pop star cracks racist jokes backstage while using racial slurs.

TMZ posted the video this morning after a British pay site, though they claim to have been holding onto it: "TMZ got this video 4 years ago but we decided not to post it ... in large part because he was 15 and immediately told his friends what he did was stupid.  People connected with Bieber say one African American was present at the time he told the joke, although that really doesn't matter much."

Sources told TMZ that Bieber, who's "frustrated and sad" about the offensive clip, will be making a statement regarding the matter shortly.