Music entertainer Justin Bieber has issued an apology for a racist joke he told when he was 15.

A video of Bieber telling the joke shot backstage at a promotional event early in his career, surfaced on a British pay site on Sunday. 

From TMZ:

“Why are black people afraid of chain saws?”  His punchline, repeatedly saying, “Run N****r.”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.

Read more at TMZ

Bieber took to Twitter Sunday evening and released the following statement:

“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 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 of those I have offended. I am 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’m a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and not to 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.”


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