Oh no. Yet another video of Justin Bieber using racial slurs has surfaced on the Internet. A newly surfaced clip, posted by TMZ on Wednesday, June 4, shows the pop sensation at age 14, using racial slurs and joking about joining the KKK—to the tune of his smash hit, “One Less Lonely Girl.”
In it, Bieber uses the N-word repeatedly, by replacing the word “girl” in the chorus of his hit single with the racial slur, “n—–.” The clip was shot around the time Bieber signed with the Raymond Braun Media Group (helmed by Scooter Braun and Usher Raymond); The track “One Less Lonely Girl” was actually written by Usher for the up-and-coming pop star.
TMZ reported that both Usher and Will Smith were made aware of the clip’s existence years ago. According to the site, the Voice judge showed young Bieber several examples of how using racial slurs could hurt others.
The singer’s rep had no comment, but referred Us Weekly to Bieber’s apologetic statement released Monday, June 1.
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” Bieber, 20, said. “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.”
He added, “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.”
Watch the clip now.