Justin Timberlake apologises for tweet relating to Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech

The 'Grey's Anatomy' actor used his acceptance speech to address racism and cultural appropriation

Justin Timberlake has apologised after causing offence on Twitter with a tweet relating to Jesse Williams‘ BET Awards speech.

The Grey’s Anatomy actor was accepting a humanitarian award and used his speech to address racism and cultural appropriation.

Timberlake tweeted: “@iJesseWilliams tho… #Inspired #BET2016”, to which some followers took offence. One responded: “@jtimberlake @iJesseWilliams Did you like the part when Jesse talked about white people stealing from us? That should resonate with you.”

As USA Today reports, Timberlake then made things worse for himself by responding to one user who had called him out for appropriating black culture, writing: “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.”

https://twitter.com/jtimberlake/status/747276674073395200

After reading fan reactions, Timberlake clarified the point he was trying to make and apologised for unintentionally offending anyone.

“I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn’t meant to be a general response. I shouldn’t have responded anyway…” he wrote.

“I forget this forum sometimes… I was truly inspired by @iJesseWilliams speech because I really do feel that we are all one… A human race.

“I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.”