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Justin Bieber apologises for racist joke

Justin Bieber has come under fire for telling a racist 'joke'. Justin Bieber has come under fire for telling a racist 'joke'. Photo: Cordon Press.

Pop star Justin Bieber, 20, has publicly apologized for using the racist N-word in an offensive joke. A video of the star telling the offensive joke when he was 17-years-old was leaked online and has caused outrage.

 

The ‘Baby’ singer has said that he was ignorant and is very sorry for the racist slur. He called the incident, which was caught on camera, a 'reckless and immature mistake' and insists that he will never do it again.

Yesterday (Sunday) the Canadian star said in 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 realise at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.'

The singer continues: 'Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologised for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public, I need to apologise again to all those I have offended.

'I'm very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologise 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.

He concludes: 'Once again....I'm sorry.’

Reportedly, the star’s PR team attempted to buy the video for a huge sum of money to keep it out of the public domain.

The leak could be incredibly damaging to Bieber, who has credited black artists such as Usher (owner of Bieber’s record label RBMG Records) and actor Will Smith with helping his career. 

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