Over the weekend, a video surfaced that found pop superstar Justin Bieber telling a racist joke where the punchline included the N-word. The video in question was a few years old, and Bieber quickly issued an apology, writing, “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.” He continued, “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.”
Now that Bieber has reacted to his latest misstep with a lengthy apology, what’s your take on the news? Can the pop star be forgiven for making an immature joke at a young age, or do his actions cross a line that no apology can uncross?
Vote now in the poll below to tell us your view on Justin Bieber’s latest hot-water incident:
Of course, the just-surfaced video is simply the latest in Bieber’s long line of recent controversies, which included a series of bizarre incidents on his Believe tour last year and an arrest on suspicion of DUI in January. If the video is indeed from five years ago, it comes from a simpler time for the Canadian star, who was readying his first “My World” EP in mid-2009.
On the bright side, Bieber’s new collaboration with Migos, “Looking For You,” has gotten a positive online response since it popped up on the Internet last week. Listen to the track with the “Versace” rappers” below: