dan shay justin bieber racist apology gi Dan + Shay defend Justin Bieber's 'mistakes' on CMT Music Awards 2014 red carpetJustin Bieber has his fair share of haters in the aftermath of racist comments he made years ago now hitting the Internet. But there are still some Bieber defenders as well, country duo Dan + Shay being two of them.

While being interviewed on the 2014 CMT Music Awards red carpet, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney defended their real-life friend. “He’s young. I did a lot of stupid things when I was young — like a year ago,” Mooney says. “You take those mistakes and you move on.”
“He’s a nice guy,” Mooney adds.
During the past week, two videos of Bieber using the N-word, both posted by TMZ, have made the rounds on the web. After the first video was released, Bieber gave a statement to the Associated Press.
“I’m very sorry,” he says. “I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior.

“I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but I didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance,” the statement continues. “Thanks to friends and family I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public I need to apologize again to all of those who I have offended.

Bieber concludes that “ignorance has no place in our society and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say but telling the truth is always what’s right. Once again … I’m sorry.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz