Justin Bieber Caught Telling Racist Joke in Leaked Video

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is under fire after a video of him making a racist joke surfaced online. The clip, which was released by Britain’s The Sun, was reportedly shot as part of his 2011 documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” when he was 15 years old.

“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” says Bieber, who is now 20. Despite being urged off-camera by a friend to not finish the offensive joke, he delivers the racist punchline: “Run n****r.”

The Sun reports that Bieber’s camp knew about the video and offered to pay to stop its release.

TMZ claims it was offered the video four years ago, but decided not to post it because Bieber was 15 and immediately had regrets.

The “Boyfriend” singer is reportedly “frustrated and sad” and plans to address the controversy in the next day.

Kenny Hamilton, Bieber’s bodyguard at the time, has come to his defense. “As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist,” tweeted Hamilton. “I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart.”

UPDATE: Justin Bieber has released a statement via Twitter apologizing for his “childish and inexcusable mistake.”

“As a young man, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” he said. “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.”

Read what he had to say below.

Justin Bieber Statement



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87 Comments

  1. Kyle

    Shit just got real

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  2. slyboi

    From the sight of things he may not seem to be, because of his career field. Anyone who makes these jokes have no respect for black people. It’s not funny.

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  3. Ro

    That’s exactly what white people say about black people behind their and when they’re not around….. and yet you wanna be adopted by the black community so bad and need them to be “cool”. Pathetic. His bodyguard can also keep his mouth shut.

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  4. KEN.

    I Laughed.

    I don’t think it’s that BIG of a deal, he was 15 at the time.
    People my age say dumb igorant stuff for laughs. He was acting up for the cam.

    I’m sure if he issues an apology, we can all laugh at this together ;)

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    Minajesty Reply:

    @KEN.,

    They were very tacky and tasteless statements made by a white man towards your race, and yet you defend it?

    Really baffling

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    TBear Reply:

    @KEN., u good

    f*ck what @minajesty have to say

    Its obvious that this was leaked on some hater sh!t

    Just cause Bieb gettin luv from the black peeps and artist

    they cant take it so they wanna expose him

    ridiculous

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    TBear Reply:

    @TBear, not to mention its OLD

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    Grace Reply:

    @TBear, You’re a basketcase, man. Self-hatred is so terrible.

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    TBear Reply:

    @Grace,trust me i luv my own skin and being black

    but come on why his NOW being leaked

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    slyboi Reply:

    @TBear, you are serious, which makes this worse and sad. It’s not about “hater sh!t” or being exposed. It’s about principle which clearly you know nothing of…

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    Kayla C Reply:

    @TBear, on some hater shit? Lol, you are not to be taken serious

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    TBear Reply:

    @Kayla C, ok seriously think about it

    Why all of a sudden this is NOW being leaked after all these years AFTER the fact he’s with alot of black artist

    and close to being accepted in the black community

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    TRP Reply:

    @TBear, It doesn’t matter when it happened, or when it was leaked. The fact of the matter is, he said it and joked about it. PERIOD.

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    People Reply:

    @TRP, Or black people can stop being hypocrites. Not like ya’ll don’t shove the word down people’s throats through your music or make racist jokes against white people. Yet you get mad when someone who isn’t black uses the word. I’ve seen countless little white girls using that word on twitter everyday. TMZ knew what they were trying to do. They knew. That boy ain’t no racist. Most of his friends are black. He loves black music and respects it. Ya’ll know that hearing someone saying the N word doesn’t “hurt” you. You’ve desensitized yourselves to it and you know it by your consistent use of it. And yes I’m black and NEVER use the word. I know where the word came from and why we don’t need to use or make it look like it’s cool to use it. If you use the N word and you’re whining about a bad joke a 15 year told 4 or 5 years ago, you need to get over yourselves.

    TBear Reply:

    @TRP, look he apologized

    chill the hell out

    Birk Reply:

    @TRP, Yes it does matter when he said it. He was 15 yrs old at the time and about to go on his first ever tour. I would like to know what kind of shit you got into at that age or even younger and later regretted it.. The same goes here with Justin Bieber. Actually the same goes for most people when they were teenagers..Most of us did crazy stupid thing when we were teenagers that we now look back on and are embarrassed or ashamed of.. That is exactly what Justin did, and he has now stepped up and apologized for something he did 5 years ago. He has had years to prove since then to prove he isn’t a racist through his love for black people and urban culture. That’s why I give him a pass.

    King Fierce Reply:

    @TBear, It doesn’t matter when or why it was leaked. Bottom line is it shows his true colors and was down right racist. I don;t see what you are defending here.
    /-)

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  5. KEN.

    I’m sure we ALL have made fun at different races.

    I know I’ve made fun at Asian , Indians and White People but it was just to get some chuckles and laughs

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    TRP Reply:

    @KEN., Then’ you’re racist, which is why you can relate and think it’s okay.

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  6. I'm so FANCY!

    It’s okay for him to say ***** because it’s okay for black people. Unless your idea of equality is only allowing one race to say the word? Bit ironic isn’t it. To stop segregation, you impose it? Either everyone can use it. Or no one. Most of you people complaining wouldn’t know that people like Nelson Mandela, rosa parks, Martin king hated the word. They’d hate black people using it. It’s like taking the lords name on vain.

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  7. Minajesty

    The grown black men in here defending this.

    What kind of house slave mentality?

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    JD Reply:

    @Minajesty, Well said.

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    jFREEDOM Reply:

    @Minajesty, MINAJESTY NICKI MINAJ HAS A SONG IN WHICH SHE SAYS THE WORD ‘NIGGA’ 56 TIMES IN 3 MINUTES AND YOU CALLING US SLAVE MENALITY!

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    Bitches In Paris Reply:

    @jFREEDOM, Umm it was not used in the context that he has used… You really gone try to throw her under the bus for this shit? Bye dusty,

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    Birk Reply:

    @Minajesty, Tell that to Nicki who uses that word like it is nothing.. Or is it o.k for only black women to use it? Face it it is urban music artists who are creating the atmosphere where young kids who listen to their music no longer consider it a bad thing because their idols use it in their songs.. Among youth today, the “N” word is mostly used as a term of endearment and has lost most of it’s sting.. Justin is part of that youth culture. This was a bad joke that was uttered once and he has since learned how offensive it is and has learned from it and apologized.

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  8. EL

    These “jokes” aren’t funny.

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  9. JustMar

    It would be more relevant if it was released earlier. After all the stuff that you see about him now and who he hangs with, could you really call him racist?

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    MuzicSoul Reply:

    @JustMar, Exactly. They know full well this kid isn’t a racist. But now they see what kind of music he wants to do and how he wants to relate to the urban culture and TMZ felt it was the perfect time to release this. As usual, some people fall for the bait. TMZ didn’t think it through because had they released it when they got it, it would’ve done more damage because he didn’t hang out with a lot of black people then.

    This is coming out after the TMZ just gave him crap because his friends are black. After he went to the BET Awards in 2011. After he’s been collaborating with black artists. He shouldn’t have told the joke, but you’d have to be an idiot to think he’s racist. The old argument coming up in new ways.

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  10. EL

    And Kenny Hamilton should know better.

    Instead of jumping up and rushing in to save the day on Justin’s behalf, he should have also taken the time to tweet that this is unacceptable and condemn this entire situation.

    Everyone claims Justin is a “man” so it’s high time he starts to act like one.

    Wake up. It is still open season on Black people everywhere, yet some of our own get a thrill in their hearts when they can join the bandwagon and defend white racists for some sort of elitist self-gratification.

    Please.

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    Birk Reply:

    @EL, Kenny has known Justin since he was 12 yrs old which is 8 years and has watched him grow from a child to a teenager to a young man.. Why wouldn’t he step up and defend someone he knows very well? He did step up and man up and issue a public apology.. His actions since then have proven he isn’t a racist.. Actions speak louder than words, and you won’t convince that many people that the Justin Bieber of today is racist. You do realize that Kenny is a black man and a very close friend to Justin and his family? Where were you all these years when he was being attacked for hanging with black people and white people were saying he was trying to be “black”?

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  11. From France

    Jokes are shocking most of the time.

    Humor is made to make fun of bad things.
    It’s made to put things into perspective..

    So don’t make a big deal of it.
    It ABSOLUTLY doesn’t mean that he’s racist.

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  12. Rozay-MMG

    Black people can call me a house nigggy for defending him but lets not pretend like we ALL don’t make race jokes with our people. I DO IT ALL THE TIME with Asian jokes about curry and white jokes about incest. I just wish he didn’t say the N word but I don’t really care tbf he deffo not a racist the kid wants to be black ffs

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  13. riri

    2 words, 1 song : NEW SLAVES

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  14. Cherryfalls

    I choose to not say the n word. Though I would prefer for more black people to do the same, I don’t feel that this “all or none” mentality is necessarily fair. Why is it wrong for this word to exist only in the black community? Why, is no one going to such lengths for other slurs? All or none at all right? With that said, the issue though isn’t his use of the n word, it’s that he’s telling black jokes. No excuses.

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  15. what

    It’s not even a big deal tbh

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  16. ;/

    His friend even told him to “not say it” and he still did just to get a laugh out of them dumb girls.

    at the end of the day White people Will always talk racist shit behind out back.

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    Ashley Reply:

    @;/, not all white people say this kind of shit! I would be horrified if I heard someone say something like that & I’m pretty certain I know a lot of people that would be disgusted with this so please don’t generalise by thinking all white people do it!
    I know people are saying all races crack jokes about each other but this one isn’t about food or accent or your typical jokes people are referring to, it’s just evil. And you know exactly what you’re saying at 15, some of you must have REALLY bad memories. He’s cashing in on black culture

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    Birk Reply:

    @Ashley, Most of us have done stupid things when we were 15 or even younger and have regretted it later. Some are too ashamed or embarrassed to bring up what they did. As for you, I take it you must have been one of those so called “angels” growing up who never said or did anything they later regretted as a teenage?? Yeah right! It’s usually people like you who have the most to hide. A 15 yr old is not a full grown adult because their brains and bodies are still growing and changing. That’s why we given teenagers slack! Take a trip to a high school now and you will hear this word being used common place by all races.

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  17. JD

    Any which way people want to look at this, it’s indicative of his distasteful character. It’s a horrible word and (especially) white people are never allowed to use it in any context. It wasn’t funny.

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  18. Welp

    So he hired “swag coaches” because he wants to act black a while ago and Bieber made racist jokes. wtf Thats not right. But his home boyz wayne, rick ross, usher will probably ignore it.

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  19. meme

    But nerve of these black ppl in this post to act like they never once made a funny racist comment about white ppl. Ohhh please. We do it so much that we don’t even know we do it.

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    Birk Reply:

    @meme, Yet they have no problem with their favorite artist using this word in their songs which is listened to by young people who then think it is o.k to use because their idols are using it.. This is why today’s youth no longer think it is taboo and it is now common place to hear it in schools across the country, not as a insult but now it used as a term of affection.

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    King Fierce Reply:

    @meme, the word nigger has deeper scars than any joke about white people. They weren’t taken from their homeland, raped, and sold like dogs and then on top of it hated for no reason. You always “Uncle Tom-ing” fuck outta here.
    /-)

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  20. Speechless

    The fact that see said it doesnt make him racist. It means he had/has no repsect for people for are offended by it. And he has some nerve to try and be down with the crew using urban producers and working with rappers but says something like this. He needs to be taught a lesson.

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    Birk Reply:

    @Speechless, You do realize this was 5 years ago? He was 15 years old at the time and is now 20. Can you count that far or what? He had a moment of stupidity as a 15 yr old and has long since regretted it because he didn’t know better at the time that it could be hurtful. It’s what he has done since then to prove himself as a good friend and supporter of black people and his love for urban culture that defines who he is today.. Not some some dumb ass comment he made as a 15 yr old boy.

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  21. #RihannaNAVi

    If black people are getting mad over someone saying the N word, then they should stop saying it too. Simple.

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    Cherryfalls Reply:

    @#RihannaNAVi, You say that like every black person says it. So, what do you say to those who don’t say it? Exactly! Don’t generalize, simple.

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    #RihannaNAVi Reply:

    @Cherryfalls, I don’t use the n word and I’m black. What I’m saying is most rap songs influence many people by saying the N word. It constantly being said in so many urban songs so black people shouldn’t get upset if they’re are the ones that use the n word frequently.

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  22. Just Say'n!

    I’m sorry not really but although his comment was intended to be a joke, however, it was tasteless, hurtful, and without thought! I will not hold this against him but he needs to think before he speak and/or watch what he says! Racism exist and remains controversial! It’s never entertaining when being made fun of regardless whether it’s a joke!

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  23. Idiot.....

    As a white guy i really dont find this funny at all and im sorry 15 or not you are aware of the meaning behind the word you are saying. You knows its an offensive term and he has clearly told that joke before from the fact that a person warned him not to carry on with that he was saying, so its not a mistake he knew what he was doing. Also im so intrigued to see if the same people such as lil Wayne and so on who called out Donald sterling over her rasict remarks are gonna stand by and stick up for this idiot. Double standards and all….

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    Yeezus Christ Reply:

    @Idiot….., shut your dumbass up

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    jFREEDOM Reply:

    @Idiot….., NO ONE WILL CALL HIM OUT! HE STILL GOT HIS MONEY! MONEY RULES THE WORLD NOT A STUPID WORD.

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  24. Bitches In Paris

    Smh this y’all boy though.

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    TRP Reply:

    @Bitches In Paris, exactllllly

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  25. THE TRUTH

    THE WORD N*GGA IS DRILLED IN TO OUR MINDS EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES FROM RAP MUSIC AND POPULAR CULTURE… HOW THE F*K CAN U NOT EXPECT YOUNG KIDS TO SAY THIS WORD….. RAP MUSIC BASICALLY SHOVES THE WORD DOWN EVERY CULTURES THROAT!! PEOPLE NEED TO CHILL THE F**K OUT!!!

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  26. THE TRUTH

    HOW THE F*K “FRENCH MONTANA SAYING THE “N” WORD LIVE ON TRACKS WITH RICK ROSS.. U DONT SEE ROSS TAKING OFFENCE LMAO”

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    Ice Cold Reply:

    @THE TRUTH, why would they get offended!!!French Montana is from Morrocco which is in North AFRICA, he isn’t black but he is closer to that than he is to being White or Hispanic.

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  27. THE TRUTH

    BUT THE TRUTH IS JUSTIN BIEBER IS A B*TCH N*GGA!!!

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  28. ivan

    He apologized, case closed; there is not a racist bone in his body. He just made a stupid joke when he was 15 not 17. This was a smear attempt on The Sun’s writer who is friendly with One Direction to deflect on the scandal over a video in which two of them are caught both using drugs and using the N word. But the media has largely ignored that and focused on Justin. Where is the apology from One Direction for the what happened a week ago in Peru?

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    TBear Reply:

    @ivan, THANK U IVAN

    LAY OFF OF THE BIEB

    AND ITS EXACTLY WHAT I SAID

    WHY “NOW” LEAKED THIS VID AFTER THE FACT HE’S WORKIN WITH ALOT OF BLACK ARTISTS

    I MEAN HE WAS WRONG AT THE TIME FOR DOIN IT

    WHICH AS YALL CAN SEE HE APOLOGIZED

    BUT MY PROBLEM IS NOW U WANNA LEAK IT ALL OF SUDDEN WHEN HE’S NOW COOL WITH BLACK ARTISTS

    ITS A SERIOUS HATER MOVE

    BUT PROBLEM I HAVE IS

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    TBear Reply:

    @TBear, Excuse that problem i have is

    typo lol

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    Ewan Reply:

    @ivan, How do you know there’s not a racist bone in his body? We’ll wait.

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  29. Jordan Gabriel

    Get over yourselves! He was 15 and being silly! As if you had never made a racist joke when you were a kid. Some of you are such hypocrits. And i dont even like Justin Bieber’s stuff or his persona from what i see in the media. Just get over your hollier than thou selves.

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  30. Calm down

    Okay is just a bad joke, its not a big deal i dont know why everybody is trippin over nothing, let the boy alone.
    I’m not a fan but, don’t tell me u never said racist jokes before.. So stop actin childish bye

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  31. Mao_the_cat

    Black people are too sensitive. What shoud gay people say then????

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  32. TRP

    A little white boy from CANADA, saying the N-Word and ya’ll think it’s all good and okay. SMH. Whatever, on to the next one…

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    Birk Reply:

    @TRP, He apologized for it and has proven over the 5 years since this happened his love for black people and urban music and urban culture.. There isn’t that many people who will actually believe he is a racist because Justin Bieber is so heavily identified now by his affiliation with his black friends and his love of urban culture.

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  33. Melanie

    Yes, he’s a man now, you know a man that urinates in buckets and gets arrested for drunk driving.

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    Birk Reply:

    You come on a rap blog and have the nerve to bring up arrest records? Are you referring to the urban music artists or the people who are commenting on this board.. I guess Justin Bieber would qualify as one of those urban music artists who have been arrested based on his last album and new singles..

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  34. ivan

    He’s less racist than most of those accusing him; thousands have made similar jokes and no one cared. He makes one 5 years ago and it’s a big deal. It was dumb but he apologized like a man; hopefully we will hear that guy from One Direction who is 21? do the same for using the same word in a video recently. Shame on their management for trying to smear Justin by having their friend at The Sun release this old video just when the O.D. scandal came out.

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  35. Get over it

    Who cares!!! You guys act like you have never heard that joke before. I don’t care how old he was or who said it…it doesn’t matter. It’s a joke. If you don’t like the joke don’t laugh and leave it at that. This is gonna turn into another donald sterling kind of conversation and it’s all we are gonna hear about because of all of you insecure black people that are taking offense to this. Get over it and get over yourselves! I’m a black man that has accepted what racism really is and this is definitely not it. So shut the hell up and move on!

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    TBear Reply:

    @Get over it, AMEN

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  36. Winston Churchill

    “As a Kid” 15 is plenty old enough to know what is and isn’t racist. What a moron.

    I’m sure he’ll be forgiven though while Donald Sterling is thrown under the bus for much less.

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    People Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, You are a f*cking idiot. Ronald Sterling deserves every ounce of hate he gets for all that sh*t he’s said. Leave.

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  37. TBear

    Look Chill out

    he apologized, it was a long time ago when he did it

    i mean he was wrong for doin it but still yall taken sh!t to the next level over it

    only problem i have is that fact they leaked it now

    after he’s down with the black community and worked with alot a black artists and got guys like Lil wayne callin him his homie.

    This whole thing is nothin more than somebody wanna expose Bieber to get black peeps to hate him (as we see is workin cause yall all ready to get a lynch mob on him smh)

    i wouldnt be surprise if it was black person who leaked it

    Peeps needs to just relax, stop being sensitive over sh!t that happen like 2-3 years ago, Bieb probably have forgotten or try to forget cause he knew it was wrong.

    so lets chill the f*ck and not stress over this

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    Lionheart Reply:

    @TBear, how does him being friends with black artist validate it?

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    TBear Reply:

    @Lionheart,

    i just statin that this vid comes out all of a sudden

    so the same black peeps he’s cool can look at him different and change up on him?

    again he admit he’s was wrong

    he regrets it

    he put that behind him NOW peeps wanna bring it up

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  38. chips

    ya’ll just need to chill with the biebs. im African, full ass black. the only fault I see here is why the vid should be released after 3 years c’mon! he was wrong, he apologised, case closed.

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    TBear Reply:

    @chips, EXACTLY smh

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  39. Lionheart

    What does the age if this video have to do with it? Is someone committed a crime 5 years ago and got in trouble for it today, is it not just as wrong? It done matter of you are white, black, 15, or 20. Wrong is wrong. Every white person is wrong for saying it. Every black person is wrong for it. Pretty sure he was in his right mind when he said it. His body guard is wrong for defending him. Justin is a grown ass man and I wouldn’t defend him especially since most of the people around him are getting trouble for his wrongdoings. And whatever person (rapper or otherwise) around him that let him get away with saying it by telling him it’s “ok” is wrong too. The only way we can overcome struggle is by not letting it overcome us.

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  40. ddd

    If you dont respect yourself, dont want others respect.simple. I’m really hate to see some of us use those words in EVERY damn sentences.

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  41. Kyle

    White people tell black jokes and black people tell white jokes…it’s the way it is. It is pure ignorance but it’s reality.

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  42. anna

    Who knows who even made up the joke… maybe a black person did. He is not racist, it was a dumb joke. It’s a double standard for blacks to be able to say that word, but not whites? People shouldn’t even be opening theirs mouths because the black race says this word ALL of the time in an even worse way. And what about all of the damn Jews that were used as slaves… you don’t hear them complaining. .. GET OVER IT. I’ve heard so many people including blacks make racial jokes about whites and other races, but I laugh it off. Everything has to be about racism these days… get tf over it.

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  43. joey

    thats so funny hahaha but honestly every race makes fun of each other it happens

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  44. YouAmuseMe

    This scares me that black people are so docile and weak when it comes to SUBTLE racism or even BLATANT racism. The amount of coons sticking up for this boy is disturbing. “Oh, he’s not racist. He hangs out with blacks.” If I recalled Donald Sterling employed blacks; however, that didn’t stop him from expressing his comments about Blacks. People hang with others who they don’t like all the time, so please save your bullshit.

    It’s funny how Black people deflect the situation upon blacks who say the word. “Well black people say it too.” White people are coming out in throes calling blacks the n-word. What’s next? Shooting blacks and getting away with it because blacks aren’t standing up to it? OOPS, too late for that. WAKE UP!

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  45. Birk

    Justin made a stupid joke that he thought wasn’t racist when he was 15, he regretted since then and has stepped up and apologized for it. The ironic thing is that for years Justin was the target of reverse racism for having black friends and people saying he was trying too hard to be “black” and doesn’t know what color his skin is. Now some twits actually think he is racist at the same time! I think Justin Bieber has proved through his own actions over the years that he isn’t racist at all. A stupid one time move on his part, but he isn’t that same 15 yr old kid who made it. He practically is a walking talking billboard for how much he loves black people and urban culture today.

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  46. Bryce

    Honestly ya’ll are a bunch of hypocrites. Ya’ll the same ones who be watching comedy of black folks making white jokes. Don’t mean the comedian telling the joke is racist or you dont see the white people in the crowd getting mad. They know its a joke. The kid was joking. A racist person does racist things and spreads hate. take that sh1t with a grain of salt it really aint that serious.

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