Justin Bieber has had to apologize for a racist joke he told in a video. He was just 15-years-old at the time the video was taken, and is using his age as an excuse. It is likely a situation that many celebrities have found themselves in, but they have never been a center of so much controversy when they have gotten older. Now, it seems like anything the Canadian singer has done in the past is coming back to haunt him.
When he was 15, Bieber told a joke about black people and chainsaws. The punch line was bad just when it comes to jokes, but extremely racist and included several hateful words. It is unlikely that the joke was supposed to be racist, and was just his attempt at being funny when he was just starting out. He has friends of different colors, religions and cultures, so the idea of being intentionally racist seems a little out there even for this singer.
The now 20-year-old singer definitely uses his age as an excuse. He explained in his apology that he was young and immature. He never realized just how much his words could hurt someone, and did not mean to offend. Five years ago he did not realize that his words would have such an impact, and if he did he would not have spoken them.
There are some who doubt that Bieber’s apology for his racist joke in the video was even genuine. They also believe that he is simply using his age as an excuse. Despite his numerous run-ins with the law, the Boyfriend singer is a human. He will make mistakes, and telling a racist joke is one of those mistakes. For some it is a right of passage to know that they are going from child to adolescent, and when they are adults they realize just how bad the joke was and how hurtful it could be.
According to Cosmpolitan, celebrity gossip site TMZ has had the video since it was first created. However, the site chose not to run it, understanding that the joke was a silly thing to say and that the singer was an immature 15-year-old at the time. After he told the joke, he admitted that it was silly and apologized to friends for it. Sharing the video with the rest of the world was something that did not need to happen. It was only after British paper The Sun decided to share it that TMZ also joined the bandwagon.
Bieber was upset to find out that the video had been shared. It is possibly something that is on his mind from time to time, and he was likely thankful that it never got out. Right now, the public seem to need someone to hate, and the 20-year-old Baby singer is the perfect one for that. He is constantly in the press for his womanizing ways or for getting in trouble with the law. Bieber has since apologized for the racist joke in the video, and acknowledges that he is now more mature and understands the power of his words.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham