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article imageJustin Bieber supported by U.S. rapper 50 Cent: 'He's no racist'

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 7, 2014 in Entertainment
With the release of a second video from the past of singer Justin Bieber in which he uses the N-word in a joke, his image has taken an even greater hit. But he still has supporters, one of them being 50 Cent, the African-American rapper.
“I don’t think he even knows who he is at this point — he’s so young,” 50 Cent told a reporter for The Sun. “When you see people become huge stars real early, it’s tough for them. You have to grow up with all these expectations. I think Justin’s still a baby and he’s lost.”
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, is a guy with a rep for telling it pretty straight, in particular with regards race relations, so Bieber should count himself lucky for what amounts to a forgiving endorsement from someone who counts.
In the first video released last week Bieber, at 15, makes a racist joke while filming his first documentary, Never Say Never. In this second video where he uses a racial slur the then 14-year-old Bieber sings a song based on his hit "One Less Lonely Girl," changing the lyric to "One Less Lonely Nigger." In the song he jokingly sings about joining the KKK. Bieber apologized for his actions and said he owns his mistake.
"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I have ever dealt with," Bieber wrote in a statement released to the media. "But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope the next 14-year-old kid who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
Along with 50 Cent, others who have come to the defense of Bieber include his mentor Usher and his manager, Scooter Braun, along with Birdman, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Floyd Mayweather.
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