Justin Bieber Apologizes For Racist Joke: “I Thought It Was Okay To Repeat Hurtful Words”

  • This weekend TMZ released a video of a teenaged Justin Bieber (the floppy hair era) cracking a racist joke in which he says the n-word. According to People, the video was recording during the filming of his 2011 documentary “Never Say Never” by his personal photographer. On Sunday, Bieber released a long, lawyer-approved statement responding to the damning video in which he pleads youthful ignorance:

    “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 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.”


  • Speaking of racism, there’s now video of V. Stiviano, the mistress of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, cracking some racist “jokes” of her own. Stiviano, who is half Black and half Mexican, was filmed for the pilot of a reality show about gold diggers. She was recording saying Black people “don’t know what to do with money” and “act crazy.” [New York Post]
  • V. Stiviano was also attacked outside of a New York City hotel on Sunday night by men who called her racist slurs. [RadarOnline]
  • Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the maid on “The Brady Bunch,” died yesterday at age 88. [New York Times]
  • Chris Brown was released from a Los Angeles County jail this morning, where he has been held since March. [Page Six]
  • Also running loose in L.A.? Kim Kardashian returned from her honeymoon … without Kanye. [US Weekly]
  • “The Social Network” star Armie Hammer and his wife Elizabeth Chambers are expecting their first child together. Mazel tov! [People]
  • Kate Middleton secretly slipped into a hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who has passed strict laws against gays and adulterers, to attend her cousin’s wedding. Princes William, Harry and Charles have also played polo on properties connected to the Sultan. Other celebrities have been boycotting such properties. [Daily Mail UK]
  • The Bling Ring 2.0? Miley Cyrus’s Los Angeles home was broken into and a 2014 Maserati and some jewelry was taken. [Page Six]
  • 10 DIY crafts inspired by “Game Of Thrones.” [Mashable]
  • Bristol Palin’s fertile baby daddy Levi Johnston is expecting his second child with his wife, Sunny Oglesby. [US Weekly]

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