Justin Bieber's fall from grace has been a long and hard one.
After getting in trouble with the law numerous time over the last few months, a recent video clip has emerged that shows him making a racist joke.
The video is at least five years old, but the person in the video is clearly Bieber.
In the video a young and at the time more innocent Justin Bieber appears to be relaxing with friends and playing on his phone.
After a few seconds of talking and smiling he tells the joke.
The video ends with Bieber and his friends laughing.
After the video Bieber received a lot of criticism for the joke and he issued an apology saying,
"I'm very sorry. I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. 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 of those who I have offended. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what's right.
He ends the statement by saying "Once again ... I'm sorry."
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 1, 2014
In spite of the apology and the fact that the video was recorded several years ago, many of Bieber's fans are having a hard time forgiving him. Others have jumped to his defense on Twitter and other social networks, including his former bodyguard.
As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist. I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart.
— Kenny Hamilton (@KennyHamilton) June 1, 2014
Saying that Justin Bieber is racist, is like saying that Pitbull has beautiful hair
— Matteo Watson (@TheJustinStyle) June 1, 2014
Haven't watched that justin bieber racist vid that's floating around but I don't think I need to watch it to know that kid aint racist lol
— (@JamzLdn) June 1, 2014
I'm sorry but how can you call justin bieber a racist when 99% of his friends are black lmao
— clem (@clemsmithx) June 1, 2014
"justin bieber is racist" yeah right pic.twitter.com/LAVDmGL6k0
— mad$ (@slayedjustin) June 1, 2014
When someone says "Justin Bieber is racist" you understand they know nothing about him
— andrea (@tbhilovefood) June 1, 2014
It seems like things just continue to spiral out of control for Bieber.
Do you think he will ever get his life back on track?
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