Well, this is awkward.
Less than a week after video of a 15-year-old Justin Bieber telling racist jokes surfaced online — followed by a swift and pretty accepted apology — another video from the pop star’s past has been revealed. And this one’s more insidious than a joke.
The video, posted below via TMZ, shows Bieber, this time 14, singing his song “One Less Lonely Girl” — but changing the “girl” to the n-word. The 30-second clip depicts Bieber singing “One less lonely [n-word],” and the lyrics “If I kill you, I’ll be part of the KKK, but there’ll be one less lonely [n-word].”
Here’s more according to Rolling Stone, which reports that the newly-revealed videos are Bieber’s team’s way of combating extortion attempts:
Bieber’s team reportedly told the gossip site that they want the video online so he can own up to it. TMZ reports that Bieber had seen video of a comedian parodying the song in the same way the pop star sings it in the video and liked it so much he wanted to film it.
Bieber has reportedly been the target of extortion attempts recently with the threat of revealing both this video and one of him at age 15, which recently went online, in which he also used the N-word. He has released the video to circumvent the extortion demands. TMZ reported that the video came watermarked with the word “proof” over it.
After the video of him telling a racist joke as a 15-year-old leaked – the video for which is available on TMZ – he issued an apology. “As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt,” he said. “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.”
Here’s the video, embedded from TMZ:
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Two hours ago, Bieber posted a photo of a Biblical message to his Instagram.