Black Twitter was in full effect for Sunday night’s BET Awards, and no one was safe from its wrath — including music vet Justin Timberlake.

The crooner took to social media to commend Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams for the moving speech he gave while accepting his Humanitarian Award. As Jesse went on about “burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil,” Timberlake tweeted, “@iJesseWilliams tho…#Inspired #BET2016.”

The backlash ensued and Twitter called him out and accused the singer for of being hypocritical, for benefitting from black culture while not championing the Black Lives Matter cause. Someone tweeted him, “So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too?”

Timberlake replied:

As the tweets to Timberlake kept rolling in, he clarified what he meant and apologized:

Source: US Weekly | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Getty


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