Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Justin Timberlake Apologizes After Tweet About Jesse Williams’ BET Awards Speech

By AM New York, June 27, 2016 

Singer-actor Justin Timberlake was compelled to apologize Sunday for saying he had been “inspired” by actor-activist Jesse Williams’ speech at Sunday’s BET Awards, which addressed institutionalized racism.

“I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US,” the “Rock Your Body” singer, 35, tweeted Sunday night after an earlier post, “@iJesseWilliams tho . . . #Inspired #BET2016,” sharply divided African-Americans on social media. Some of them accused Timberlake of cultural appropriation and of not vigorously defending Janet Jackson after her 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction during their half-time number, and others expressed bewilderment that a gesture of support and empathy could be fodder for condemnation.

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