justin bieber - racist joke

*This should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Justin Bieber, who’s trying every trick in the book to be down … or seem like he’s down … with black folk … just got busted, so to speak for telling a racist joke to friends … knowing his own video guy was in the room and rolling.

The video was shot backstage at a promotional event early in his career … where Justin cracked this terrible joke … “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” His punchline, repeatedly saying, “Run N****r.”

TMZ says it received the video about 4 years ago but decided not to post it … in large part because he was 15 and immediately told his friends what he did was stupid. For what it’s worth, there was a black person present when Bieber told the joke, according to people connected with the singer and now rapper wannabe.

BTW, a British site released the video this morning, so TMZ went with theirs.

A source close to Bieber said the singer is “frustrated and sad” over the clip, and will address it shortly.