June 27, 2016


Justin Timberlake Tweets Something Dumb About Race, Quickly Apologizes

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

On Sunday night, Justin Timberlake tweeted a boneheaded remark about race relations with regards to the 2016 BET Awards, and it took him about an hour and a half to realize the error of his ways and issue a Twitter apology.

Like many others, Timberlake had a visceral reaction to Jesse Williams’ speech about race and the importance of black culture at the BET Awards, and tweeted that he was “#Inspired.” Someone on Twitter fired back at him, “So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards.”

And here’s how Justin responded:

This tweet is like watching a car crash in slow motion: The sentiment is probably not intended to be condescending but becomes so in the first four words, and “The more you realize that we are the same” clumsily wrecks Williams’ whole point about black pride. Feeling like he was in the wrong (he can’t stop the feeling!), JT issued an explanation:

Timberlake probably doesn’t need to record his own “White Privilege II” as a mea culpa for this, but hey, he could probably be Mackling a little more. In the meantime, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” is the No. 2 song in the country and previews the (wait for it) Trolls soundtrack.