It’s Fine Everyone: Justin Bieber Apologizes For His N-Word Joke


Yesterday was a very busy day on the blog with so many fun things going on but hopefully you didn’t miss that Justin Bieber story. The pop star was on camera using the word nigger in a joke about black people and chainsaws (true story), and I just knew there would be an official apology statement coming. It’s here y’all. And it’s everything we knew it would be. Click inside for more people apologizing for using the word nigger! Because, seriously. It never ends.

TMZ has the apology:

Justin Bieber is apologizing for telling a racist joke when he was 15 … blaming it partly on his age.

Justin tells TMZ, “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.”

Justin goes on, “Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all those I have offended.”

Justin continues, “I’m very sorry. 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.”

And Justin says, “Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right.”

Justin ends with this: “Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again….I’m sorry.”

Cool apology, bro. Lemme just go ahead and post this one more time:





  • Akili

    When I first heard about the video and read the apology I was reminded of a personal experience–my best friend in middle school was a white girl. We were thick as thieves. Obsessed over the same boy bands and did everything together. One day during P.E. my newly cut bangs had just gone CRAZY. I asked to borrow her brush to brush them back. She let me use it, but as I left the mirror area another white girl looked at her like “you’re going to use that after a black girl had used it…” My friend paused. And she threw the brush away. It hurt my feelings. Deeply. But I never confronted the girl about it. And I don’t believe for a second she had a racist bone in her body. She was a kid. She made a mistake.

    So Justin Bieber told a racist (and not even remotely funny) joke FIVE YEARS AGO. I think his apology is appropriate. He was young and ignorant. And (hopefully) he knows better. Isn’t that the point, when you know better you do better? My younger years were filled with saying things like “That’s so gay….don’t be gay…” Because in my small Southern town we really didn’t know any gay people. Its not ok. It was small-minded and ignorant on our part—but when I knew better, I did better.

    I just feel like all the JB news is just one douche move after another. Though I am not particularly shocked or angered by the racist video controversy, I’m just kind of over him in general. Have a seat, Mr. Bieber. Just have a seat.

    • Juneh

      ” but when I knew better, I did better ” Very very important words.

      I hope you weren’t confronted with such behavior again. Kids can be hard. And yes, JB should just have a seat!

  • ella

    “I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world”

    …. really, though?

  • dclover

    I understand the need to apologize cause really there’s no alternative. Had it come from anyone else other than a self absorbed, spoiled, little twit- I might have even bought it. I do believe we can learn from our mistakes and change. But what gets me is the fact that this word is still in our collective vernacular. Even my brain bleeps it out while I’m reading to myself cause I find it so abhorrent. To actually say it out loud would cause bile to rise in my throat. It’s depressing to think of how far we’ve come & yet we still have stories like these. Ugh.

  • Nathan

    I’m not a fan of Bieber and I’m not a fan of celebrities telling offensive jokes, but why is he apologizing for this now? Why is there a need for him to apologize now? Even if this video is just surfacing now, years later, is stupid. I’m sure I’ve told an offensive joke at some time in the past. If I told one last one, I’d apologize, but I don’t think I’d apologize for a joke I made years ago.

  • adam

    It is a good apology. Well written, well articulated. He probably (definitely) didn’t write it himself, but that doesn’t matter. NOT taking to social media to address this, nor shrugging it off, but instead Issuing a well drafted apology in the actual English language — correct grammar, spelling, and all — is the smartest thing Justin has ever done.

    • Shannon

      adam, ‘NOT taking to social media to address this, nor shrugging it off, but instead Issuing a well drafted apology in the actual English language — correct grammar, spelling, and all — is the smartest thing Justin has ever done.’– EXCELLENT point! Twitter apologies are probably (definitely) the worst.

  • Paul

    Well I was surprised he wasn’t fined and forced to sell his NBA team.

    • Krissy

      He doesn’t own a pop franchise, he is an independant business. That is why the two cases aren’t similar…Sterling owned a business that was a part of a larger organization.

  • nicole

    ugh…even Bach is chillin with biebs now? boooo
    (thats really all i have to say about this. i just cant with jb anymore.)

  • Krissy

    After seeing all of this today, here are my thoughts:
    1. I feel like 15 is a different age than say 10 or 12. I grew up around a lot of racism, I even heard this particular joke before, but I KNEW in my gut that it was wrong long before I reached 15 years old. At 15 I was interrupting Thanksgiving dinner to tell my uncle that the n-word was a horrible thing, and I wouldn’t allow it to be said around me, no matter how passionate someone was about football and the athletes who played it.

    2. In Justin’s version of 15 years old, he is already a global pop superstar. That is why this video was shot, because it was a part of footage for the “Never Say Never” movie. The idea that he wouldn’t understand that this kind of joke was hurtful/harmful to people is a little too much for me. He said it in 2010, that was only 4 years ago! He wasn’t out in the middle of nowhere, deprived of cultural references and social norms.

    This video alone didn’t prove that Justin is an idiot or a jerk, it just is one more piece of a puzzle that in total shows a really sad and inconsiderate person.