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.