Video emerged this weekend of 15-year-old Justin Bieber making a racist joke using the N-word. Because all we ever hear in relation to Bieber’s bad decisions is that he’s young and didn’t know better, the fact that this was taken when he was 15 guaranteed that excuse would be coming. And we were right, because Bieber released an apology to TMZ saying he didn’t understand the power of what he was saying at that age. But that’s not all; he actually claims to be a grown-up now. Does that mean he’ll start acting like one? And does he agree that age is no longer an acceptable excuse?
Here’s part of what “Bieber” said. I put his name in quotation marks because I’m doubtful Bieber can string a coherent sentence together in general, let alone word an apology, so I assume this was written by a publicist:
“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.”
Sure, teenagers do stupid things. But a 15-year-old should know not to use the N-word. And to be proud enough to say it knowing someone was there filming it shows just how little shame he had.
What really gets me is the next part of his apology, where he claims to have grown up and learned his lesson:
“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.”
Haha. Hahaha. Learned from his mistakes. How many “mistakes” does he have to make before he graduates from mistakes school? Ready to read more of the same? Here you go:
“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.”
He’s a man now, guys. That’s why whenever he gets in trouble for something nowadays he, his entourage, and his fans use his youth as an excuse. It would seem Justin Bieber is a selective adult. When the public discovers something bad from his past, he gets to use his status as a 20-year-old to show how much he’s learned. When he does something bad at 20, he gets to say he’s still young and still learning. Pick one and stick to it, Bieber. Are you a man or a kid? Or a baby. Those pants say baby.