Were Justin Timberlake's comments after Jesse Williams' BET speech out of line? | The Tylt
Some people have been harboring bad feelings about mega pop star Justin Timberlake, and those feelings hit the fan last night.
Actor Jesse Williams won the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards for his activism, and in a headline-making speech, spoke at length about Black Lives Matter, equality, his respect for Black women and his love for Black people. JT tweeted that he was inspired by Jesse's speech; then, someone responded with a critique, calling out the singer for culturally appropriating Black music, and saying JT owed Janet Jackson an apology (in reference to 2004's Super Bowl Nipplegate incident).
Many feel JT threw Janet under the bus during all the controversy, and that Janet faced racial and gender biases while JT's privilege let him off the hook. As a result, he became an even bigger pop star while Janet's reputation and sales struggled.
The controversy only grew when JT responded to his critic by tweeting "Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation." Page Six wrote that Timberlake was being "blasted for ignorance."
Were Justin Timberlake's comments in response to Jesse Williams' speech out of line?
Well, Black Twitter thinks so, and went ham on the singer following the comment. Many argued that due to racial inequalities and white male privilege, "we" are not actually the same, or treated as such, and that Timberlake was tone-deaf and clueless for saying so. Others don't think JT's responses to Williams' speech was that bad. Even if some took offense, JT apologized for the misunderstanding—saying he's got love for everyone. They say the situation was blown out of proportion, and that the singer was simply in awe of Williams' powerful speech. That should be allowed, right?
What do you think: Was #JTOutOfLine? Or are people being #TooHarshOnJT?
Were Justin Timberlake's comments after Jesse Williams' BET speech out of line?
I FOR ONE am not the same as Justin Timberlake.— KB (@KaraRBrown) June 27, 2016
I sincerely wish Twitter existed in 2004. The trajectory of Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake's careers would have been radically different.— J. Skyler (@jskylerinc) June 27, 2016
I actually love Justin Timberlake's music, but his opinion is so trash. As a white person, you're not allowed to say "we are all the same"— big papa (@sluttyblackboy) 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 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
Literally don't see what Justin Timberlake did that was so wrong. Point it out to me please. This is not sarcasm, by the way.— #BRONZE (@TheMelaninPlug) June 27, 2016
Ok. I reread what Justin Timberlake tweeted and I still don't understand why y'all are upset. You just wanna be mad. That's it.— JesusΩShuttlesworth (@kingxzarus) June 27, 2016
I think some people have just been waiting to attack Justin Timberlake for whatever reason, and today was the perfect opening.— Wolé II (@Kingwole) June 27, 2016
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