Justin Timberlake Condemns Racism With Teen Choice Awards 2016 Speech
Although the pop star could’ve taken his moment on stage to pat himself on the back, he seemingly decided to respond to his critics, who accused JT of appropriate black culture without giving back or supporting the community.
The 35-year-old tried to make up for the post-BET Awards controversy by urging young viewers to embrace diversity and condemn racism.
“I try to live my life working most closely with, making music with, and spending so much of my time with an amazing group of people — male, female, gay, straight, every walk of life,” Justin said, noticeably forgetting to mention those of different cultural backgrounds.
But he tried to make up for the omission by telling teens to “to respect all people on the basis of their character, not what they did for a living or the color of their skin.”
The “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer also recommended fans try to learn from people who don’t look like them.
The Memphis, Tennessee native proved he’s already done that by dropping wisdom from African-American “greats,” as JT called them, like Reverend Al Green, Michael Jackson, and Muhammad Ali.
Although Justin didn’t say “Black Lives Matter,” fellow celebs Ne-Yo and Jessica Alba lead a touching plea to end gun violence in our nation.
The moment was so emotional, Jessica fought back sobs the entire time — let's hope her tears can make a difference.