JT clarifies his controversial comment after Jesse Williams' moving speech at the BET Awards.
Sunday night's BET Awards were a triumph. If one were to pick out a single highlight, it would likely be actor/activist Jesse Williams' speech on racism, police brutality, and black empowerment as he received the Humanitarian Award.
The speech received a standing ovation from the crowd and praise from those following the ceremony on Twitter. Among those who praised Williams was 8-time BET Award nominee Justin Timberlake.
Huffington Post writer Ernest Owens had a bone to pick with JT, and he used the opportunity to call him out for misappropriation of black culture.
“So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too,” he wrote.
Timberlake responded in a manner some deemed condescending/ignorant. “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.”
JT's comment set off a minor Twitter uproar and Timberlake elaborated on his controversial comment, asserting that he felt "misunderstood" and apologizing to those he'd offended. Read his response below.
Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn't meant to be a general response. I shouldn't have responded anyway...— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
I forget this forum sometimes... I was truly inspired by @iJesseWilliams speech because I really do feel that we are all one... A human race— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
Oh definitely. Interesting how he gave Twitter a wholesale General Dollar apology, but I guess his pride is hurt. https://t.co/tvsbCROKbC— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) June 27, 2016