Justin Timberlake apologizes for tweet after backlash

FILE - In a Wednesday, May 11, 2016 file photo, actor Justin Timberlake arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film Cafe Society and the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Timberlake, who praised actor and activist Jesse William’s moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet that claimed he appropriates black culture. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake, who praised actor-activist Jesse Williams’ moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet claiming he appropriates black culture.

Timberlake tweeted Sunday that he was inspired after Williams spoke passionately about racism and social injustice. A responder tweeted to Timberlake: “Does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture?”

Timberlake responded: “The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.”

The pop singer said he felt “misunderstood” after some said his response was insensitive. Timberlake ended with: “I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.”

Williams received the humanitarian award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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