Just in case Seth Rogen needed another reason to rag on Justin Bieber, British tabloid The Sun has unearthed video footage of the controversial pop crooner using a racial slur (the one that rhymes with “trigger”) while cracking jokes with a group of friends.
Bieber, now 20, was between 15 and 17 years old when the moment was captured during filming for his 2011 concert documentary Never Say Never. The trouble-prone hit-maker uses the N-word five times after asking friends:
“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?”
Bieber chuckled as he delivered the punchline:
“Run nigg*r, nigg*r, nigg*r, nigg*r, nigg*r.”
Upon learning of its existence, Justin and his management team reportedly tried to pay to prevent the tape’s release. This according to The Sun, which writes,
“This video is Justin Bieber and his camp’s worst nightmare. Even after the year he’s had — when he’s never been far from controversy — this tops it.”
The embarrassing video is, in fact, the latest in a string of public relations fumbles for the “Baby” singer. In January, Justin was arrested in Miami and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver’s license. His trial begins next month.
Fast forward to May, when Bieber was accused of attempted robbery after he confiscated a woman’s cellphone as she tried to take his photograph. The former teen sensation remains under investigation on felony vandalism charges over the alleged egging of a home in Calabasas, California.
TMZ insiders claim they first saw the video years ago, but never released it because Bieber “was 15 and immediately told his friends what he did was stupid.”
Yeah, because we all know how TMZ isn’t in the business of exposing celebrities doing stupid things.
Sources tell the site Biebs is “frustrated and sad” by the video’s leak and plans to address the issue publicly. So far, however, there’s been no comment from the star’s camp.
What say you PopCrunch Nation: Is Justin Bieber racist?