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Justin Bieber Apologizes For His Racist Joke By Saying He’s An Adult Now, So Does That Mean He’ll Start Acting Like One?

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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.

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  • naql99

    Yeah, Justin Bieber is an a-hole, no question about it. But I strongly suspect that is also true of the author of this article and, generally, anyone working for a gossip rag like TMZ. Go find some current Bieber a-holery to be indignant and outraged about, not some “racism” crap from when he was 15.

    • M_G

      Actually, I think this article is more calling him out for claiming he’s “matured”, “learned from his mistakes”, “is an adult”, etc. when he’s done exactly zero things to prove any of these points.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Should ‘racism’ really be in quotes when we’re talking about use of the n-word?

    • naql99

      Yeah, when there are words that are taboo for one group to say while the supposed “victims” of that word have no problems using it with wild abandon, I’d say it should be in quotes.

  • M_G

    Nothing Justin says/does/said/did/will say/will do surprises me. No matter how young, old, rich, poor, talented, untalented…..an asshole is an asshole. What DOES continue to surprise me is the legion of Bielibers who continue to accept and excuse his behavior. He clearly isn’t learning from his mistakes. His apologies (when he deigns to make them at all) are so disingenuous that they border on insulting. The fact that he has THAT big of an influence/control over millions of people around the world is as sad as it is disturbing.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Same here. The level of unconditional adoration those fans have is scary.

  • fantasymother

    This is really hard to judge because this is definitely from his publicist. There is no way that kid could have written that, expressed that, or spelled that.

    So who we need to judge is his publicist, who counts on his fans (because they’re the only ones who count) having short enough memories that they can easily slip between the “I’m now a Man,” and “I’m still a kid,” as necessary.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      I know, there’s no way he wrote that.

  • rgbm[rk

    That’s actually a really nice apology, but yeah, he can’t be all “I’m a man now,” and then be all “I’m so young I don’t know anything,” next time he does something.