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Justin Bieber -- I Want to Step Up Against Hate

10/18/2010 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber will take a stand against bullying and homophobia after he was on the receiving end of some hateful words this weekend ... TMZ has learned.

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As TMZ first reported, Bieber was confronted by a 12-year-old boy at a laser arcade -- and things got heated after the boy called Bieber "a faggot." We're told the boy repeated the comment and then put his hand out toward Bieber and Bieber pushed it away as he left. We're told Bieber's rep has told police this story and it is backed up by witnesses.

Bieber is telling friends he had no idea how hurtful these comments could be -- but even though he's a straight teenager, he now wants to take a stand against bullying and homophobia.

We're told Bieber will be going public -- probably within the next week -- to lend his support to the anti-bullying campaign.

And this is interesting ... our sources say Bieber's own people wanted to keep the specifics of the confrontation under wraps, but Justin felt it was important for people to know what happened.

As TMZ has already reported ... although police are investigating the incident, they've already concluded Bieber was not the instigator.

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16.

TD    

This little ***goty prick needs to be taught his damn lesson that you can't physically assault a significantly younger CHILD, let alone anyone else, simply because you do not like what they SAID.

HOLY CRAP

"BLAME CANADA" for not taking appropriate action.

1437 days ago
17.

CrisDizzle    

Justin Bieber: get it together for Christ's sakes and grow some ballz for once! You want to stand up to hate.... then confront the bully and kick his azz! Then bitch and moan to TMZ and airing out your dirty laundry and act like you're were victimize and was raped by this bully! ;-P

1437 days ago
18.

poiseinliving    

Wow..... if anyone can influence the good kids to speak up and help the bullied kids, it is this Bieber kid. Those kids may listen to him , go Justin go . Bullies and haters beware ! And to those who are bullies , please go get help, for yourself and for us .

1437 days ago
19.

papprorattist    

OH it happened in canada I see why SOUTHPARK wants to blowup canada now

1437 days ago
20.

Y do he got    

OH IT HAPPENED IN CANADA lets blowup canada for all that hate SOUTHPARK leadin BIT via TMZE

1437 days ago
21.

Bob    

Well, according to a source quoting staff members at the laser tag place, his story is bogus. According to them, there was no bullying taking place. It's been reported in the Canadian media that it was all an accident. Justin Bieber was supposedly cornered by younger kids (yes, young kids naturally team up to beat older kids when playing) when he accidentally bumped real hard into one while trying to escape, hard enough to cause the kid to cry.

1437 days ago
22.

ifuseekamy    

Behind every bully is a coward.

1437 days ago
23.

Rixi    

Cool... good on ya Justin Beiber! Bullies are cowards. People who stand up to bullies deserve respect.

1437 days ago
24.

papprorattist    

WHAT HAPPENS IN CANADA STAYS IN CANADA lets blow up canada SPOUTH SPARKS>>>southpark they are stealing all our MEXICANS

1437 days ago
25.

papprorattist    

Fake computer generated STUNTS La`jackass make over 50 million people will buy junk stunt computer bluescreen garbage and not watch real actors and movies.I think american`s buying china leadtoys and tox drywall is a jackass stunt movie HIT

1437 days ago
26.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

oh brother

1437 days ago
27.

JB    

I've been to where this happened a few times and from what I heard beiber was the bully and I cant believe hes blaming it on a 12 year old, its disgusting.

1437 days ago
28.

HumanNature    

WAY TO GO JB!!!!!

STAND UP TO HATE AND BULLYING!!!!

THE WORLD IS FULL OF HATEFUL, NEGATIVE AND JEALOUS PEOPLE!!!!!

MOST OF THEM IS ON TMZ!!!!!

1437 days ago
29.

Kimba10    

I think everybody on this weekend that was hating on the Biebster owe him an apology and those who were name calling him, should be ashamed and consider them-selves, bullies, homophobic and in the closet.

Gees, just pure jealousy and hate coming from adults, I'm sure! All the boy is trying to do is earn a living his way. I think there is worse thing that JB could be out there doing beside having fun in his art and earning money for it. Biebster is 16, being a kid at an arcade and was harrassed and bullied by another kid. Things could have gone worse, like JB could have pulled a gun and shot the boy or beat the boy to a pulp for calling him out of his names. It's been known to happen, but in any case JB walked away. I think he deserve credit for that alone.

1437 days ago
30.

There's a problem here    

Let me get this right ... This little pipsqueak got called a name and his widdle feewings got hurt so he punched some kid's lights out. After he practices violence against a kid he then jumps on the cause du jour bandwagon to stop bullying. What's wrong with this picture? Isn't he always accompanied by a few handlers? I saw a picture of one of his goons carrying Bieber on his back. Something isn't quite right about this whole thing.

1437 days ago
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