Justin Bieber faces new racism scandal over Ku Klux Klan remarks

Earlier this week, controversial footage was leaked online in which the pop star, who was just 15 years old at that time, was filming his “Never Say Never” documentary backstage at a promotional event when he started a racist joke. (Reuters)

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is facing a new racism scandal after footage emerged of him allegedly changing the lyrics of a song to joke about killing black people and joining the Ku Klux Klan.

The footage, which was released on Wednesday, showed Bieber wearing a dog tag and a dark blue shirt while changing the words of his 2009 song “One Less Lonely Girl” to use the n-word five times, the British tabloid The Sun reported.

“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” Bieber asked in the clip, before making the noise of the chainsaw and saying “Run n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****, n*****.”

Bieber also appears in the clip, reportedly filmed in 2009, joking about joining the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist group created in the United States in 1866 to resist racial equality.

Earlier this week, controversial footage was leaked online in which the pop star, who was just 15 years old at that time, was filming his “Never Say Never” documentary backstage at a promotional event when he started a racist joke.

Following the scandal, Bieber expressed his apology “for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior.

“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,” he added.

Bieber apparently knew about the existence of the video after an individual reached out to his team approximately two months ago, asking for $1 million in exchange for the tape, according to the American entertainment website TMZ.

Bieber’s team reportedly refused.

In the past, Bieber has spoken out against racism.

The Canadian star is signed to RBMG Records, a label owned by black singer-songwriter Usher Raymond, and has performed with a string of black singers and rappers including Will.i.am, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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