Justin Timberlake believes the only race is the human race. The internet is not impressed.Justin Timberlake has, in the past, received criticism for allegedly taking from black music and culture in order to build his own sound and style. After many of his Justified singles were written for Michael Jackson, and his debut music video basically looked like an MJ tribute, Timberlake did not impress many when he largely escaped criticism following his massively controversial Superbowl performance alongside Janet Jackson, where he infamously exposed her nipple. While Jackson took most of the public and media criticism, and many argued her career was never the same, Justin went largely unscathed and continued to achieve immense career success. Many believe Timberlake could've done more to defend her. Tonight, a few tweets the 35-year-old Can't Stop The Feeling singer made didn't help his case. Upon viewing an acceptance speech made by Jessie Williams at the BET Awards - which addressed cultural appropriation - Justin tweeted the following:
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
"Imagine you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don’t get any. So you say “I should get my fair share.” And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, “everyone should get their fair share.” Now, that’s a wonderful sentiment — indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also. However, dad’s smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn’t solve the problem that you still haven’t gotten any! The problem is that the statement “I should get my fair share” had an implicit “too” at the end: “I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else.” But your dad’s response treated your statement as though you meant “only I should get my fair share”, which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that “everyone should get their fair share,” while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out. That’s the situation of the “black lives matter” movement. Culture, laws, the arts, religion, and everyone else repeatedly suggest that all lives should matter. Clearly, that message already abounds in our society. The problem is that, in practice, the world doesn’t work that way."