EDITOR’S NOTE: Previous headline was an editorial decision, it was not a direct quote of Don Lemon.
Justin Bieber, the 20-year-old troubled pop singer is now getting heat because of back to back n-word scandals, both of which were caught on tape.
Both incidents were from a few years back when Bieber was a teenager.
The first one surfaced on Monday.
He was 15-years old when, with cameras rolling, he told a racist joke.
The video was posted on TMZ of Bieber asking, “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?”
He then answered his own question with the statement “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****,” imitating the sound of a chain saw.
He apologized in a statement by saying, “As a young man, 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.”
Then two days later another video surfaced of Bieber changing the words to one of his hit songs “One Less Lonely Girl” to “One Less Lonely N-word” and singing about joining the KKK.
According to CNN, a source close to the singer said the teen immediately realized his error and told his mentors, Usher and Will Smith, about the video.
By the way Usher wrote the song- the original one- not the n-word one.
The source says Usher then “showed Bieber some historically racist videos to teach him about the hurtful nature of such words and takes full responsibility for his youthful actions.”
Here’s the problem with that.He supposedly had learned his lesson from this incident which happened when he was 14.
If he had learned the lesson then, the first incident to surface where he was 15 would never have happened.
Some are saying Bieber is racist.
I don’t know.
But I do know that this is the danger of the proliferation of the use of the n-word.
People hear it in music.
They hear it on the street.
They hear it almost everywhere and they subliminally become immune.
Very frequently I hear young people of all ages, in public, who can barely get through a sentence without using the word; even calling each other n-words — of all different ethnicities.
Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who by the way, has immersed himself in black, Hip Hop culture should not be saying the n-word.
So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn’t you do the same?