Justin Bieber did not legally change his race to “African-American,” but a report published on a fake news website says otherwise.
The hoax report, published on Cream BMP Daily, includes a fake quote from Bieber: “I was just tired of all the ‘I’m acting black comments’. Now I’m not acting black, because legally I am black.”
“Justin Bieber who has a net worth of $160 million is now legally the richest African American under 21 and plans to join the United Negro College Fund board to become one of the largest donors toward the education of African American men and women,” the fake article reads.
Cream BMP has a disclaimer on its website, saying it publishes “satire.”
“CreamBmp.com Written by comedian CREAM. This website is comprised of satire and parody of current news and urban culture. For entertainment purposes only,” it says.
But on Facebook and Twitter, a number of users believed the story and shared it thousands of times.
“The issue isn’t whatever he did in that courtroom. Try and recall the stupidity that landed him in headlines for MONTHS,” one person wrote on Facebook. “Spitting on those who adore him, endangering the lives of children by speeding, forcing PILOTS to wear gas masks because he refused to stop smoking, vandalism, and even getting himself charged for assault and booked for a DUI.”
Another person, who apparently believed the story, added on the social media site: “Just because you buy the title doesn’t change the fact that your still a little white boy trying to be black.”
But some said that the story was obviously satire.
CNN on Wednesday reported that the jail video of Bieber when he was booked in Miami on DUI charges will be released. However, certain parts of it will be censored.
Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield rejected arguments from Bieber’s lawyers, who sought to prevent the release of the jail video.
“The court finds that images of the defendant while in custody at the Miami Beach Police Department are relevant to the public’s right to know,” Altfield said on Tuesday.
He added: “While the defendant may not enjoy all of the expectations of privacy that he enjoys outside of a jail setting, he still retains his expectation of dignity.”
Last month, photos of Bieber doing push-ups in a jail cell and trying to pass a sobriety test were released to the public.
A status hearing for Biebier’s DUI case is slated for March 11.