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Justin Timberlake Gets Dragged Over Controversial Comment During The BET Awards

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Twitter then called JT out for not recognizing his white privilege.

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While some brought up the fact that Justin benefits from R&B and hip hop as a white singer, many pointed their finger at the 2004 Super Bowl incident with Janet Jackson where Justin accidentally removed a piece of Janet’s clothing, exposing her bare breast on live television. This resulted in the two receiving a lot of backlash from the incident and even though it was Justin who removed the clothing, his career seemed to remain in tact following. It was Janet who seemed to suffer publicly, subsequently banned from the Grammy’s that year, and allegedly blackballed from the mainstream industry until her brother, Michael Jackson, passed in 2009. The crooner has remained mum about the backlash Janet solely received following.

Justin apologized for his comments.

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Justin issued an apology to those that were offended by his Twitter comments, where he wrote,”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.” Unfortunately, this only added more fuel to the fire with his followers. By stating his beliefs that “we are all one,” it only takes away from the points Jesse was making in his speech. Jesse pointed out the clear cut differences between the white America and the black community, as far as treatment, which includes those with white privilege. Justin Timberlake is included in that category without question, and followers are still not letting him forget that.

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