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Justin Bieber apologizes for racist joke

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Justin Bieber attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.
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Justin Bieber, issues apology for racist joke he told when he was 15-year-old. According to Newsday, Justin released a statement on Sunday to The Associated Press to say that he didn’t know that certain words could hurt.

He said, "I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance," the statement said. "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 of those who I have offended.”

Justin made the N-word remark during the filming of his 2011 concert documentary “Never Say Never.” He asked, "Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” When one of his friends warned him not to proceed with the joke, he didn’t listen. He told the punch line, “Run N****r” five times. Then he laughed.

Justin seems to attract trouble. He went way above the legal speed limit when he raced through his neighborhood streets in Calabasas, Calif. doing 100 mph. He often threw wild parties at his mansion. He egged several of his neighbor’s homes. Justin was also in trouble for other things like underage drinking, allegedly smoking or connected with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, disrespecting historical figures, showing up late for his own concerts, spitting off balconies and urinating in inappropriate places.

Justin was getting so bad that enough American people signed a petition to have Justin deported. However, he still remains in the country. Paula Deen had legal troubles when she allegedly said the N-word many years ago, after an African American man pointed a gun in her face. Is Justin Bieber's remark any less offensive as the one Paula Deen made?

Do you think that his apology is sincere or just a way to appease people? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

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