It’s not been a good year for the child star who became one of the world’s most loved music superstars but this as some would say….takes the biscuit.
British tabloid newspaper The Sun revealed a video over the weekend showing the pop star telling a joke to his friends in which he asks, ‘Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?’.
He then chuckles and is told by a friend within the group not to utter the words he was about to say but disregarding this advice, went on to use the punchline “Run N*****”, n****,….. five times as he mimicked the sound of the equipment.
The video recorded about five years ago shows a 17-year-old Bieber chilling out with friends as he filmed scenes for his documentary ‘Never Say Never’.
The singer has apologised for his behaviour since the video became public saying he was ‘Childish’ and that the joke ‘wasn’t funny’.
Reports suggest that the teenager’s team had been trying to do some damage control to prevent the video from going public as they had been aware of the video for sometime.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, Bieber tells his fans he made a mistake and has since learned his lessons.
“I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior.”
“I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I 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 of those who I have offended.”
Bieber who counts celebrities including W.i.ll.iam as part of his friends is signed to singer Usher Raymond’s RBMG music label.
This caps a tumultuous year for the teenager who recently got arrested for driving under the influence and is due to appear in court in Miami in June to face charges.