Justin Bieber Apologizes for Racist Version of One Less Lonely Girl
Posted on June 5, 2014
Justin Bieber has apologized for a video clip of him singing a racist version of his hit single, "One Less Lonely Girl." Bieber replaced the word "Girl" with the n-word in the video recording that recently surfaced. He also sings about joining the Ku Klux Klan. Bieber was only fourteen when the video was made. It follows another old video that recently surfaced where Bieber makes a racist joke.The video leaked on TMZ. TMZ says Usher, who discovered Bieber on YouTube, was aware of it. Usher wrote "One Less Lonely Girl," the song Bieber alters in the video. CNN says Usher showed the young Bieber "historically racist videos in an effort to teach him about the hurtful nature of such words."
Bieber's manager Scooter Braun recently posted a message on Instagram that says, "Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes... How he owns and learns from it... That defines him more than the mistake itself."
Justin Bieber issued a statement to Us Weekly. He says, "Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with. But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
Justin Bieber also tweeted the above apology on his Twitter account.