Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 3.44.10 PMApparently we’re in the middle of the say-and-do-something-inflammatory-on-video age. Now a tape of pop star Justin Bieber telling a racist joke has emerged.

The scene was supposedly shot during the making of Bieber’s 2011 documentary, Never Say Never. Bieber asks, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?”

Despite voices heard on the tape, warning him to not say why, he delivers the punchline anyway: “Run n—-r, n—-r, n—-r, n—-r, n—-r,” which was supposed to mimic the sound of the chainsaw.

Not funny.

Upon the release of the video by The Sun newspaper in England, Bieber releases the following statement:

“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. 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. 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. 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. 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.”

Floyd Mayweather “beliebes” it’s just a case of being young and stupid and defended his Money Mayweather team member on Twitter last night:

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