It was a good day for damage control as a five-year-old video surfaced of Justin Bieber telling a racist joke. CNN reports:
In the video, posted to TMZ.com, the pop star, then 15, asks: “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?”
He answers his own question: “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****,” he says, imitating the sound of a chain saw. Then he laughs.
Bieber tweeted a lengthy apology for the video, which was retweeted 5,000 times in a minute and more than 30,000 times by the first half-hour.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 1, 2014
The apology reads, in part:
As a kid, 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 realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.
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.
Fans seem more than ready to forgive and forget.
@justinbieber I know u didn't mean to offend anyone ?
— dolce k (@thougtofhim) June 1, 2014
@justinbieber we know you didn't mean it we're happy you apologized and didn't make any excuses even though the video was old love you 🙂
— Arielle (@happilyarielle) June 1, 2014
@justinbieber good-hearted people ask forgiveness, u've a good heart, and i believe that good-hearted people also forgive, u'll be forgiven
— ㅤ (@ipromisedjb) June 1, 2014
@justinbieber u are a good person, im so proud of you
— justin followed me (@Fallenforbizzle) June 1, 2014
@justinbieber Don't be sorry. It's five years ago and you were a kid. You've learned and you've said that you're sorry. It's just a joke.
— mar (@georgesanatomy) June 1, 2014
@justinbieber aw justin u shouldnt even have to apoligize it was a long time ago
— Dervla (@tommoxbieber) June 1, 2014
@justinbieber such a beautiful apology letter my babe! Seriously you are an amazing person! Beliebers will be here till the end!❤️
— LadelleyBabes. '♡ (@Ladelle_Jeanea) June 1, 2014