Justin Timberlake Under Fire For Agreeing With Jesse Williams BET Awards Speech

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27 Jun2016
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Well that took less than 24 hours for the positive message Jesse Williams had accepting his BET Humanitarian Award to turn into a complete Twitter war filled with negativity and hate.

In case you missed it, the Grey’s Anatomy actor delivered a speech when he accepted his award at last night’s 2016 BET Awards that got everyone talking about culture appropriation, what we value as a society, the state of violence we’re in and more. It was a speech that motivated and inspired many including “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake tweeted, “@iJesseWilliams tho…#Inspired #BET2016.” Simple enough right? Wrong. Twitter user Ernest Owens replied to JT posting, “So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards.” He then replied to Ernest Owens with, “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.” And then everything ignited.

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“Black Twitter” went on to attack JT online and he felt he needed to clear everything up. A few hours after he responded to the Twitter user, he offered up an apology. “I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn’t meant to be a general response. I shouldn’t have responded anyway…,” Timberlake wrote.

He added, “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.I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.–JT.”

Clearly this is an issue bigger than projected. But who’s in the right, or wrong? Just because you’re not the same skin color, or nationality, as someone does that mean you can’t be inspired by their message? Let’s discuss. Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments.

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2 Comments

  • Courtney • 11 months ago

    He epitomized white privilege by not being self reflexive. Fine you are inspired but who cares really, talk about how the message relates to you and your career because obviously people see JT as a reflection of what Jesse was talking about. But JT clearly doesnt see himself in the same vein. He sees his music as being “inspired” … by black artists Or whomever and not as an appropriation. It can still be appropriation or theft even if the person in question does not see it that way.

    • Amber Dover • 11 months ago

      Valid points. I feel like that’s what the Twitter user was saying. Pointing out JT as the people Jesse was talking about. But then that brings up another question. Where does the line get drawn between appropriation and inspiration?

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