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UPDATEDx3: Video of Justin Bieber Telling Racist Joke Pops Up Online
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.01.2014

UPDATE 3: Floyd Mayweather has come to Justin Bieber's defense over the video of the racist he told at 15. Mayweather posted a pic of himself and Bieber to Instagram with the following caption:

Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it's part of growing up. I am proud of what he's doing as a 20 year old musician and business man. #TMT www.TheMoneyTeam.com

UPDATE 2: Justin Bieber has issued a statement to THR about the video of his racist joke that has popped up online:

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

UPDATE: Justin Bieber's former bodyguard Kenny Hamilton, who is black, came to Bieber's defense on Twitter over the controversial video. You can read his tweets below:

TMZ reports that the tweets were not made at the best of Justin Bieber or Scooter Braun. Hamilton is currently an executive position at Beats Music, but he's still said to be in touch with Bieber.

ORIGINAL: Because Justin Bieber doesn't have enough image problems as it is, now there's a video of him telling a racist joke that has popped up online. TMZ has the video, which is four years old and features the (then) fifteen year-old pop star dropping the N-bomb in the punchline of a joke that starts, "Why are black people afraid of chain saws?" A friend of Bieber's can be heard off-camera urging him not to finish the joke, but he does anyway.

TMZ posted the video today after it popped online elsewhere, revealing that they had it at the time it was filmed but chose not to release it due to Bieber's age. TMZ says that Bieber is "frustrated and sad" and will address it publicly within the next day.


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