Justin Bieber seems to have made his journey from moppy-haired Jesus-loving teen heartthrob to total stage five douchebag horribly complete. All we needed was video of Bieber using the N-word -- and we got it! Sure, Justin was 15 when he told some really stupid joke in which he used the N-word several times, but I'm sorry, who even uses that word at 15? And it's not like he was using it in the way I hear it so much now with the distinct "a" at the end, as another word for "pal," "friend," or "dude." This was old school N-word! So, that was bad enough, but Justin apologized. Now, however, The Sun, which released the first damning video, says it has yet another video that's even more shockingly racist than the first!
The Sun hasn't released the video but says in it he is singing his hit "One Less Lonely Girl" and changed the lyrics to "One Less Lonely N----." And then he reportedly jokes about joining the Klu Klux Klan and a girl laughs in the background. What?!
The Sun claims the video is recent, but a source tells Hollywood Life that the "KKK" part of the video is actually from the same time period as the first video. A source also told The Sun:
Unfortunately this is the devastating reality of how Justin has behaved and reveals his attitude toward such a deeply emotive subject. People need to see this. Normal kids in society do not make these kind of jokes. He is protected by a network of staff, but the camera doesn't lie. This is the real Justin.
Since Justin's reps point to his earlier apology as his latest statement on this second scandal, then it probably means the video all happened when he was 15 -- or at least he's trying to give that impression. But we won't know until we see it. (In other news, the person who got hold of the videos reportedly tried to blackmail Bieber for $1 million.)
Does Justin really harbor hate for African-Americans? Was he just a dumb kid using words whose import he didn't understand? Did he have racist inclinations in the past but is now a totally changed person? I hate to use the "some of my best friends are black" thing, but we all know Justin's best friends are black.
Teens do tell stupid jokes not understanding that they are unacceptable. Hell, one of my favorite jokes when I was young was one about domestic violence. I won't repeat it. But I don't take domestic violence lightly, believe me. It was just a dumb joke and I told it without thinking -- primarily because it was so shocking and I wanted a reaction. I definitely wouldn't want everything I'd ever said or done in a stupid, unthinking moment coming back to haunt me years later.
Or is Justin a little Donald Sterling? Coming across on the outside like one thing but behind closed doors completely another? Because one joke is one thing, but a pattern of using this word, and then talking about joining the KKK, well, that's another thing entirely! I just don't know what to think here.
Update: TMZ has published the video -- and it's just as cringe-inducing as you'd imagine. Justin was apparently 14 years old at the time. You have to wonder how Justin's career, which has been very much helped by African-Americans, including Usher, would have gone if they'd seen this before stepping up to guide him to superstardom.
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