Vixen Vent: The Real Problem With Bieber’s N-Word Video

Justin Bieber

No. Justin can not use the n-word—and neither can you.

Yesterday, a video surfaced of a 15-year old Justin Bieber using the n-word in a tasteless joke. He was being recorded for a concert film and he’s shown playing video games and telling jokes.

“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws,” he asks. Someone off-camera cautions him not to say it. “Run n*gger n*gger n*gger run,” he says, a smarmy grin on his face.

Before the day was out, his apology, swift and detailed, was sent to The Hollywood Reporter, saying in part: “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.”

No one believes Justin Bieber is racist or thinks less of Black people. And no one thinks he discriminates against African-Americans when it comes to who he associates with and does business with in the entertainment industry.

Bieber is Usher’s protégé and Floyd Mayweather’s mascot. This kid is no Donald Sterling. The video is five years old and Bieber was 15 when it was recorded. He made a crass joke, which he admitted was stupid in the video although TMZ conspicuously didn’t post that part.

And he’s not the first to get caught out there.

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—Aliya S King