Justin Bieber uses the n-word to tell a racist joke, in a video leaked by The Sun. Reportedly filmed for his 2011 documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the footage shows a 15-year-old Bieber laughing among friends as he starts the joke: “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” Despite mild protests from an off-camera friend, he finishes with the n word-punctuated kicker.
Bieber has yet to respond, though The Sun claims that he tried to purchase the video “for a huge sum of money” to prevent it from being leaked to the public. “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 the lot,” a source said, according to New York Daily News. (Watch it after the jump.)
Whether it was filmed for Never Say Never or otherwise, this footage clearly took place before the Journals star started collaborating with urban music stars like Lil Wayne, T.I. and YG. (On May 30, he even started to win over naysayers, in both pop and hip-hop spheres, with his Migos collaboration “Looking For You.”)
Bieber also appears to be young enough to have not known better — not only about the joke’s carelessness (it’s really bad, guys), but of what could happen if this footage was leaked, unlike with his other headlines-grabbing antics.
Here’s to hoping that Bieber’s camp responds thoughtfully.