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Justin Bieber apologized for his racist joke

Justin Bieber apologized for his racist joke
June 2, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Justin Bieber

Over the weekend, a video of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke hit the web. What makes this especially weird is that the video was taken back when Justin was 15, presumably while he was filming that awful Never Say Never movie, and at any point they could have either told Justin to shut up or otherwise destroyed the footage. But instead, Justin actively told racist jokes into a camera he knew was documenting him and they kept the footage. Anyway, that footage is out now, and here comes Justin to apologize for it, via TMZ

Justin tells TMZ, “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.” Justin goes on, “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.” Justin continues, “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.”

You can read the rest of the apology over at TMZ, but honestly, why would you? I’m not entirely convinced he wrote any of it anyway, because I don’t even think Justin can write. And even if he did, do you really think he learned anything? No! Justin’s handlers would sooner watch him tank his own career than hold him responsible for his actions. Once again, Justin knew he was telling a racist joke into a movie camera, and he did it because he knew he would get away with it.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.