R&B singer Justin Timberlake has stepped forward to speak out on the controversy surrounding him following a Twitter exchange about racial equality.
JT went to Twitter Monday (June 27) to explain what he meant following a heartfelt 2016 BET Awards speech by actor Jesse Williams.
Tensions stirred after Timberlake responded to a Twitter user and explained how he felt all races were equal.
On Sunday night, Justin Timberlake was one of the many people to take to Twitter and give props to Jesse Williams for his powerful speech at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Shortly after JT sent out the congrats to Williams, a Twitter user by the name of Ernest Owens asked the singer if he was going to stop appropriating black music and culture and apologize to Janet Jackson. (Complex)
Williams used his Humanitarian Award speech to speak on social inequality in America.
“Now this is – for the Black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you,” Williams said. “Yesterday would’ve been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday. So, I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television, and then going home to make a sandwich.”