Justin Timberlake apologizes after he receives backlash from his tweet about Jesse Williams’ speech at the 2016 BET Awards.
Justin Timberlake forgot the golden rule about the internet! Be careful what you post.
Like many, JT was moved by Greys Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams‘ speech after he was awarded with the Humanitarian award for his advocacy of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us. Burying Black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil. Black gold,” he continued. “Ghettoizing our genius then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though, just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
Following the speech, the singer took to Twitter to endorse what the actor had to say.
Timberlake tweeted that he felt “inspired” by what Williams’ had to say, even retweeting a suggestion from The Roots‘ member, Questlove asking “Can @iJesseWilliams run in 2016?”
Even though Timberlake had good intentions, one follower accused the pop singer of appropriating black culture. And boy did Timberlake respond.
In response to music writer Ernest Owens calling JT out, Timberlake fired back with a sassy response.
Timberlake’s remark only fueled the fire, escalating the denunciation of the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer on social media.
Soon after Timberlake put out a string of apology tweets saying, “I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn’t meant to be a general response. I shouldn’t have responded anyway…I forget this forum sometimes…I was tryly inspired by @iJesseWilliams speech because I really do feel that we are all one…A human race. I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.”
JT learned the hard way that the social media world is a harsh place.