Justin Bieber Apologizes for Racist Joke; Beliebers Rush to His Defense

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Justin Bieber should change his name permanently to 'controversy' because the two have become synonymous over the past year. (Probably somewhere between his parade of women and DUI arrest.) Most recently, when a 5-year-old video surfaced of him dropping the N-word several times in an attempt at a joke.

After the vid of the then-15-year-old Bieber hit the web, the public went into major debate mode. While most outlets criticized the young singer for his words, surprisingly, plenty rushed to his defense, including his former bodyguard, Kenny Hamilton:

And the words of support didn't stop there. Beliebers all over the world rushed to their idol's side on Twitter:

Floyd Mayweather adds:

In a bold move, Justin personally apologized for his words, "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 not to 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."

Which side do you fall on in the debate? Are you still a fan of JB? Or do you think this was inexcusable? Tell us your personal opinions on the subject in the comments below.

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