After old unseen footage was released this week of the Believe singer making racist jokes back when he was 15 years old, some have spoken out with their support for him.
He said of the Biebz:
At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.
I’m unbelievably honored to receive a key to my hometown city of Virginia Beach. Thank you @VBmayor pic.twitter.com/suONClbwkP
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 7, 2014
You deserve it Pharrell!
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