When video footage of Justin Bieber’s offensive racial joke leaked earlier this week the pop star blamed the screw up on his age, explaining that he was only 15 years old at the time. But when a second video leaked, with footage of him replacing “One Less Lonely Girl” song lyrics with the “N-word” Bieber had some more explaining to do.
When asked his thoughts on the uproar over Bieber’s racist joke, the Chicago rapper said that excuses were being made for the pop star, while former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was taken to task for his racially-insensitive comments and feelings about black people attending his basketball games.
“Justin Bieber said it [so] it’s cool, and people are already coming to his defense,” Lupe told MTV News, in disbelief.
“I don’t think anybody should be allowed to profit off racism,” he continued. “Donald Sterling made a billion dollars [when] he sold the team, and there was such an uproar about somebody who didn’t use the N-word at all, but then you have somebody who made a very racist joke about it — I wonder if Justin Bieber’s gonna get the same treatment as Donald Sterling?”
“I don’t think he will,” Lupe said, answering his own question.
“It’s an absurd thing — you get somebody who we ’like’ who says it, and says it even more ’racist-ier’ and we don’t bat an eyelash at it.”
Migos, who recently collaborated with Bieber on “Looking For You,” had this to say about the controversy:
“It wasn’t a good move to make but he accepted what he did and he don’t use that lingo around us,” they told MTV News. “We ain’t personally see the video anyway we just heard about, but it feels [like it’s] in the past and that’s not what we condone.
“We do our music together and we’re good through music. So [we] don’t feel like he’s a racist.”