The ‘SexyBack’ singer complimented Jesse Williams’ poignant Black Lives Matter speech at the BET Awards. Then Black Twitter went after him.
It began with a seemingly innocuous tweet. After being awarded the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award, Grey’s Anatomy star and activist Jesse Williams delivered a moving, monumental speech about how much Black Lives Matter, and how black lives have been exploited for years by popular culture.
Williams’s wide-ranging speech paid respect to the black women “who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves—we can and will do better for you”; name-checked those whose lives were lost in the struggle for racial equality, from Tamir Rice and Eric Garner to Rekia Boyd and Sandra Bland; and it took on how “this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil—black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.”
Enter Justin Timberlake, he of “SexyBack” fame, who tweeted the following:
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
This ignited Black Twitter, which began dragging Timberlake for his perceived hypocrisy as a prominent artist who’s appropriated considerably from black culture yet been relatively quiet concerning the Black Lives Matter movement, threw Janet Jackson under the bus after exposing her breast during their Super Bowl performance, and used to dress like this.
@jtimberlake inspired to do what? Continue to emulate black culture through your music while ignoring issues affecting black people?
— Chrystal (@chrystallll) June 27, 2016
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast – Marlow Stern