Justin Bieber is sorry that he was ignorant when he was 15 years old and his black associates are also running to his defense.
The distasteful video was posted last week by a British tabloid showing a young Bieber making a joke about why black people are afraid of chainsaws. He then repeat the infamous punchline “Run ni–er ni–er ni–er ni–er.”
But now the pop star has issued an apology.
“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.”
So far Soulja Boy and Justin Bieber’s former bodyguard, who is black, has defended the pop star saying he is not a racist.