It is no surprise that Justin Bieber and his antics have gotten under the skin of many fans as well as non-Beliebers. In the recent events with the leaked video where the Canadian born singer was filmed singing the words, “There’ll be one less lonely n*****,” which is a blatant spin-off of Bieber’s song One Less Lonely Girl, has gotten more bad press for the singer. The release of the video sparked massive media attention and has provoked many celebrities to chime in on the incident. The video was taken when Justin Bieber was 14-years-old and has many asking if it is even fair to judge a child or attack a child with such media frenzy to the point of bullying.
Since the video release, the now 20-year-old has not only been under fire but is has Bieber posting religious quotes on Twitter about forgiveness. Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Russel Brand and now Usher have come to Bieber’s defense, and rightfully so. The one thing everyone seems to be forgetting is that Bieber was only 14-years-old at the time of the incident. Has social media suddenly make it OK to attack and bully a young teenager? Yes, the Beauty and a Beat singer is now 20-years-old but does that make it OK to judge what the singer said when he was only 14?
“What he was 5 years ago was a naive child,” Usher wrote on Instagram, “who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs.” Usher goes on to say that now Bieber has the opportunity to show his many followers not to make the same mistakes.
Whoopi Golberg also came to Bieber’s defence on The View. Goldberg explained that in Canada, the N word means nothing. “Black Canadians and black Americans, ” Goldberg said, “are two separate groups of people.” Goldberg backs up her statement with an explanation that just last year the TV host was filming in Canada and was shocked over a certain part of the script the actress was to say. After approaching the director about the script, stating that “We would never say a thing like this.” the directors response was that the writer was Canadian and so adjustments were made to the script. The statement caused a severe backlash for Goldberg over social media.
Not every celebrity is standing up to the Biebs defence. Actor/singer, Drake Bell refuses to back down from his musical foe. Drake tweeted out that no one laughs at a something if they don’t understand it. Obviously referring to those who has come to the Biebs defense saying that he did not understand the racial joke.
The controversy over the new Bieber scandal seems to focus on the statement Bieber made and whether or not the Canadian singer knew the weight of his words. The fact that it was said from a then, 14-year-old seems to slip from everyone’s minds. Just because the Biebs has a reputation for his reckless behaviour, does not mean it is right to bully a child of that age or judge them from what they said. Growing up is hard enough, let alone growing up under the watchful eyes of social media trolls waiting to pounce on any mistake. What everyone needs to remember is that if any normal child of 14-years-old said the same comment, all that would happen (hopefully) is that the child be told the true meaning of the word and that it is highly disrespectful to ever use it. Certainly it would not be thrown to the wolves of social media to be scrutinized so that the world could chime in and call that youth a racist.
Justin Bieber was only 14 at the time of the video and whether the singer laughed after or not is not the point. The point is that he was a child that, like all other children, do and say inappropriate things. To take something from Justin Bieber’s past, as a youth, and judge, attack and bully the singer is wrong. No one would want that to happen to their child, so why is it right to do it to someone else’s child? Star or not, the youth of the world all learn from their mistakes. The world needs to teach, correct and explain why such actions are unacceptable. Justin Bieber clearly feels remorseful and shamed over the release of what he said. The singer even recently got baptized, according to Fox 411, in a bathtub in a Manhattan church.
Opinion by Derik L. Bradshaw