Not just one, but two videos have surfaced of Justin Bieber making racial remarks. The latest clip posted Wednesday courtesy of TMZ, finds a then 15 year old Bieber singing his “One Less Lonely Girl” single, with noticeably switched wording. “There’ll be one less lonely n*****…If I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK” he sings. The person recording seems to find it hysterical, as they can be heard snickering in the background.
In the first video that surfaced just a day prior, the Biebs asks “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” before answering his own question with the statement “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****” imitating the sound of a chainsaw. Both clips can be seen below.
Of course Bieber’s people have already began damage control. He released a statement:
“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,” Bieber said in a statement after the release of the first video.
“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.”
Call me a negative Nancy, but young rich kids hurling racial slurs is just something that doesn’t surprise me anymore. Now there are reports that TMZ has been holding this Bieber footage over his head for years, in exchange for him granting exclusives and making appearances on their show. I don’t think that should be a concern. What we should be concerned with is how long was this kind of behavior happening, and just how many of his counterparts feel this exact same way.
This will most likely get swept under the rug in a few weeks just like the Donald Sterling case is diminishing. It’s sad that we make excuses for stars that could care less about us or the culture and are clearly in it for the money. I’ve already seen countless tweets defending Bieber and his tasteless behavior. I think Justin Bieber is a talented kid. He came up under Usher which makes this even more interesting, and puts him in an awkward place. Hopefully he doesn’t ignore this like he’s ignored everything else Bieber has been doing lately.