Racism continues to be a major problem around the world, even though it is formally outlawed in the constitutions or other laws of a large number of countries. This is above all expressed in the spreading of stereotypes about a particular ethnic group or nationality, or the encouragement of hostility towards immigrants and people from different cultural backgrounds.
So when public figures and celebrities mistakenly, or sometimes even intentionally, make racist comments, it makes it all the more difficult to overcome the problem. After all, these are people who are frequently seen as role models who can have a significant influence on how people lead their lives and behave, especially the younger generation.
The following list shows that such racist statements can emerge in many different ways. There are of course some individuals who bluntly declare their views, no matter how backward. In other cases, it can be an inadvertent comment or action by an individual that reveals underlying racist assumptions or beliefs. Still, others have fallen victim to situations where they thought that what they were saying was private, but it later became publicized or was overheard. Combining all of these scenarios, let’s take a look at ten examples of celebs who got into controversy with their racist remarks.
10 Walt Disney
9 John Wayne
8 Charlie Sheen
7 Mel Gibson
6 Alec Baldwin
5 Floyd Mayweather
4 Paris Hilton
3 Prince Harry
1 Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber came under fire when videos leaked on the internet showing him making racist jokes when he was a teenager. He accepted in a statement of apology that his choice of words had been inappropriate and that he had not fully realised the power of racist language at such a young age. The general consensus among other music artists was that Bieber was not a racist because he had grown up since the videos were made. Usher, who introduced Bieber to the music world in 2009, noted that while Bieber had made some wrong decisions in the past, he had now matured and should not be considered racist. Usher described him as a naive child when he spoke on the video. But he made a point of publishing a picture of himself with Bieber on his Twitter account to indicate his full support for Bieber.
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