Justin Timberlake shared a moving speech, addressing the men of Hollywood, at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday morning.
Speaking in front of an audience which included movie greats such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Sherry Lansing, Shonda Rhimes, Nancy Dubuc and many more, he addressed the rampant sexism and stories of sexual assault that are currently plaguing the industry.
“I was raised by a strong woman,” Timberlake said. “I was lucky enough to convince a strong woman [Jessica Biel] to marry me, and she got nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award today. I will be her bitch anytime.”
He continued: “To the men in this room. I see a lot of great men who I also look up to. I think we actually are here because we deserve the opportunity to speak up, to stand when something is not right. We need to go to work. It’s not our responsibility; it’s our privilege, because at the end of the day if you can be lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman and convince a strong woman to marry you, you will realise that we are nothing without the strength of women.”
On stage, Timberlake addressed the crowd, saying: “If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans, or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee, anyone who is treating you unkindly, it’s only because they’re afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are.
“Being different means you make the difference, so fuck ’em,” he added.