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Justin Bieber

I'm Sorry

For My Racist Joke

6/1/2014 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0601-justin-bieber-tmz-01Justin Bieber is apologizing for telling a racist joke when he was 15 ... blaming it partly on his age. 

Justin tells TMZ, "As a kid, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. 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."

Justin goes on, "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."

Justin continues, "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. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."


And Justin says, "Ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what's right."

Justin ends with this: "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."

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Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Yup....predictable....now let's move on

112 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

3 stories on Bieber in one day. ugh. this site is going down the crapper...

112 days ago
3.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

A sorry is not enough. You must go back to Canada too

112 days ago
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Anonymous    

I can't stand this punk, but even I have to give him a pass for saying something stupid at only age 15.

112 days ago
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Alie    

For the first and most likely the last time, I will say this: good for him. As the first poster said, let's move on.

112 days ago
6.

TheOne    

B.S. only sorry cause he was caught.

112 days ago
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Gordo    

If you're so *grown up* now
put a shirt on and pull your pants up

112 days ago
8.

Jan    

Why do I think his publicist wrote that???

112 days ago
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SweetCheeks    

He shouldn't have had to apologize. A joke is a damn joke get over it

112 days ago
10.

Carl    

Of course he's turned out to be a douchey loser, but still this is kind of sad of you TMZ. You try to claim the high road by saying you didn't publish it at the time, but are now milking it for all its worth just because someone else published it now.

112 days ago
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BDiddy    

I might hate the lil douchebag. But, I actually believe him. We all do dumb sh*t at that age, and don't know what were saying..

112 days ago
12.

Jay W.     

Paula Deen ring a bell... ?

112 days ago
13.

Kelly    

"As a young man" ? Well what are you now, an old man? 15 is a boy. And he's only sorry he got caught.

112 days ago
14.

Areukiddingme?    

Wow, I hope you paid the publicist who wrote "your" apology really well. He (or she) earned it.

112 days ago
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Sillywilly    

I'm a jackass, I'm sorry. I'm a jackass, I'm sorry. I'm a jackass, I'm sorry...everyone just needs to 'apologize'.

112 days ago
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