JT is in hot water.
Last night, the 2016 BET Awards aired on national television, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry were in the building, while others watched from the comfort of their own homes. One of the biggest highlights of the night came when Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award, and gave an incredibly moving speech to the packed audience and millions of viewers. Speaking on racial tensions, cultural appropriation, and more significant points regarding social injustice, Jesse left everyone watching in awe, including Justin Timberlake.
Unfortunately for the superstar singer, his Twitter mentions were set ablaze after he responded to the speech on social media. Timberlake made a narrow-minded comment following Williams’ words, and within moments, black Twitter read him to shreds.
Justin may not live this one down.
While accepting his award at the show, Jesse Williams spoke on multiple issues within America and how society treats the black community. He even dedicated his speech to his family, as well as black women around the globe. One of the main points he brought up and that resonated the most with the audience, was how black culture is appropriated by the white community, rather than appreciated. He stated, “Whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight, demeaning our creations and stealing them and trying them on like costumes.”
Justin responded on Twitter, but was met with backlash.
Like many others, Justin was blown away by the speech, and tweeted about how inspired he was by Jesse’s words. Soon after, a follower called him out on his own appropriation, stating, “So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too.” Justin actually saw the tweet, and responded, “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.” Unfortunately, Justin put his foot in his mouth with this response, as Twitter went into a frenzy over his “we are the same” implications.