Pop singer Justin Timberlake apologized after getting blowback over a comment he sent out that some on social media felt was racially insensitive.
The AP reports that the controversy grew out of Timberlake’s response to Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech Sunday when the “Grey’s Anatomy” actor received the humanitarian award at the BET Awards. Many viewers, including Timberlake, were moved by Williams’ comments about racism.
“Timberlake tweeted Sunday that he was inspired after Williams spoke passionately about racism and social injustice,” the AP reports, noting that Timberlake then received a tweet that asked: “Does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture?”
Timberlake responded by writing: “The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.” His response drew accusations of racial insensitivity.
Timberlake later said he felt “misunderstood,” and issued a mea culpa, writing: “I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.”