Justin Bieber is apologizing after video footage surfaced of the pop singer making a racist joke, People magazine reports. In the footage from three years ago, when Bieber was 17, he repeatedly uses a derogatory slur, the story reports.
In the video, which was taped in 2011 for the documentary “Never Say Never,” Bieber is says, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” He continues to say, “Run n—–, n—–, n—–, n—–, n—–."
Bieber apologized for the racist joke hours after the footage went public, the story notes.
“As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was okay 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,” he said in the statement.
The statement continues: “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. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake."