It seems the general consensus is it was wrong but he deserves a second chance.
Russell Brand, Usher and 50 Cent have all waded in to have their say on the leaked footage of Justin Bieber making racist comments.
One of the videos shows a 15-year-old Justin telling a racist joke while in the other he can be heard altering the words of his song One Less Loney Girl to sing One Less Lonely N****r.
Russell Brand has defended the popstar, who is now 20, saying his age needs to be taken into account when looking at the videos which were shot back in 2010:
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Russell starts off by saying: “It was ages ago when he used to have that haircut. You can’t do him for stuff he [has] done when he had that haircut.”
He adds: “Unless we’re going to explicitly say the role of celebrities is we’re going to make them really, really famous and then we’re going to destroy them and rip them up in a public square with fish hooks, which, you know as long as you don’t get round to me, I’m not against.”
“But we might as well own up to it if that is what we’re up to, otherwise just let him off. Of course it’s wrong to say the ‘N-word’, but he’s a child.”
Meanwhile, Bieber’s former mentor Usher has spoken about the videos, saying he will stick by the star despite his mistakes.
“I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it’s his to manage,” he said to Nylon magazine, adding:
“Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s process. Am I in it with him? Yeah.”
Basically, like Russell, Usher reckons Justin just needed to grow up.
Finally, 50 Cent has also stuck up for Bieber, saying that he is ‘no racist’.
“I don’t think he’s racist,’ he said. ‘I don’t think he even knows who he is at this point – he’s so young. When you see people become huge stars real early, it’s tough for them.”
He added: “You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin’s still a baby and he’s lost.”
Justin has since apologized twice for his error in judgment and has reportedly been ‘in tears’ over the incident.
First he realeased this statement on Twitter:
Then after the second tape hit, he spoke exclusively to The Sun, saying: “Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with.
“But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger.
“At the end of the day, I just need to step up and own what I did.”
Meanwhile it’s also been suggested that website TMZ ‘blackmailed’ Justin and his people with the footage ‘for years’.
Defamer reckon “multiple sources with knowledge of TMZ’s editorial operations” say the gossip site held the tape since 2010 to get Justin to provide stories and make appearances at TMZ.
A spokesperson for TMZ said the allegation was “completely not true.”
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