Justin Timberlake apologizes for tweet after backlash

By Associated Press 28 June 2016, 12:00AM

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.

By Associated Press 28 June 2016, 12:00AM

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