Justin Bieber Is So Sorry About Horrible Racist Joke: 'I Was a Kid'

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Yesterday, footage of Justin Bieber making a horrible racist joke when he was but a wee little ignorant goblin (15 years old) surfaced upon the Internet. And so the world stood around, kind of rolling its collective eyes, waiting for his rep to cough up a Bieber-apology.

Well, everyone, here it is (sent via a rep to the Hollywood Reporter). In it, Justin affirms that chuckling while saying the n-word was very ignorant and a mistake:

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.

If Justin Bieber is now a “man who knows his responsibility to the world,” I don’t know what that makes the rest of us. Incredibly sage living angels with a deep sense of duty and piety? Immortal tree spirits whose hearts beat in time the the rhythm of the planet? [THR]

According to a source, the Biebs will also release a statement on Twitter and “appear on different morning shows and late night shows as well if it [presumably the backlash?] gets out of hand.” K. [Hollywood Life]

Kim Kardashian really hated her normcore Irish honeymoon, says the Daily Mail. She was very bored the entire time and irritated that it didn’t match in lavishness her wedding and pre-wedding. (I don’t think there are any golden toilets in Ireland, which was probably an issue.) [Daily Mail]

COUNTER-POINT: Here is a picture of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West touching their tongues together in matching all-white fashion suits at a friend’s wedding. Tbh if you are a millionaire who is obsessed with buying fancy goods, then your entire life is kinda one giant honeymoon. [Cosmo]

The Guardian has a profile of Mindy Kaling, and it’s really lovely and wonderful. In it, she talks about being a role model, among other great stuff: “I get angry with people in the public eye who say they’re not a role model, and they don’t want people to look up to them. Because it’s incorrect. It’s important for me to be someone people look up to – most directly, minority girls who want to do what I do. Maybe it’s narcissistic, but I think it’s important.” MINDY 4EVER. [Guardian]

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  • Khloe Kardashian posted a photo of her drinking champagne from the bottle beside her new boyfriend French Montana, who is cradling a machine gun. It’s probably on set at his new music video? But, regardless, enough with the glorifying of guns. [Us]
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