Justin Bieber Has To Make His Apologies Yet Again
Justin Bieber is at the centre of another racism row after a second video has emerged of him making vile remarks about black people.
In the latest footage, Bieber is seen singing his hit song One Less Lonely Girl, but changing the final words to ‘lonely n*****’.
The singer, who fans branded ‘an arrogant little twerp’ over the footage, also uses sick lyrics about killing black people and joining the Ku Klux Klan.
The 24-second clip follows the release of a video a few days ago in which he asked: ‘Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?’ before imitating the noise of a chainsaw and saying: ‘Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****’.
The footage will further jeopardise his career, which has already suffered from a string of run-ins with police in America and his native Canada.
Now he has apologised – once again – for the latest controversial footage.
He told The Sun: ‘Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with.
‘But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger.
‘At the end of the day, I just need to step up and own what I did.’
He said in a statement: ‘I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and apologise 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.’
Bieber, 20, who has sold more than 15million albums and earned a reported £80million, blamed the first video, filmed when he was 15, on youthful indiscretion.
In the latest footage Bieber wears a blue shirt and a dog tag necklace. A female friend can be heard laughing in the background, and the singer smiles as he gives his twisted rendition of Lonely Girl, the original version of which has been viewed 203million times on YouTube.
Last night show business website TMZ reported that the new video was captured when Bieber was 14, after he had seen a comedian’s parody of Lonely Girl.
The website also claimed Bieber had realised at the time that making the recording was a mistake, and had told his mentor, the R’n’B star Usher Raymond, and actor Will Smith. Mr Raymond rebuked him and showed him videos to illustrate the evils of racial prejudice, it reported.
Fans in Britain and the US – who call themselves ‘Beliebers’ – left him in no doubt about their dismay last night.
One, LizaCar, said: ‘He needs to go back to school, get an education, receive [some] discipline and learn some respect.
‘He’s out of control and it’s not going to have a happy ending the rate it’s going.’
Jamal Jackson, from Liverpool, wrote: ‘No I don’t care, you know there are certain words you shouldn’t use and that’s hurtful words against other people. Sorry Justin you can’t type a little message on twitter and get out of it!’
Another online commenter branded the baby-faced singer an ‘arrogant little twerp’.
A user calling themselves Disgruntled Reader, from California, said: ‘The KKK isn’t funny, racism isn’t funny and using the n-word isn’t funny.
People were terrorized, abused and murdered over the colour of their skin at one time, and making a joke of it is nothing short of breathtaking stupidity and arrogance.’
Twitter users in the US mocked the singer by posting a picture of KKK members apparently saying: ‘We would like to distance ourselves from Mr Bieber. All organisations have a few embarrassing members.’
The white supremacist Ku Klux Klan lynched hundreds of black people in the southern US.
The videos are likely to disappoint the black artists who have worked with Bieber, including Will.i.am, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Usher Raymond has yet to offer any comments in support of his protegé.
After a string of outrageous antics, Bieber’s clean-cut Christian image has been replaced by that of a tattooed bad boy who once spat on fans from a balcony.
He has been charged with assault in Toronto for allegedly punching a limousine driver in the back of the head while he was driving him and his entourage.
He has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and driving with an expired licence after being caught allegedly drag racing in a yellow Lamborghini in Miami Beach, Florida.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating him after eggs were thrown at his neighbour’s home in Calabasas, California.
When police raided Bieber’s mansion they found cocaine left ‘in plain view’ and arrested his rapper friend Lil Za for drug possession.
His actions have provoked such a backlash in the US that a White House petition calling for the Canadian to be kicked out of the US reached more than 180,000 signatures.
TMZ last night claimed Bieber had been approached two months ago by a man who wanted £650,000 for the first video, of the racist joke, but his PR team refused.
The man then supposedly asked for half that sum but Bieber’s people refused again, saying they did not think it would do much damage since he was so young.