Justin Timberlake has been given a lot of love after delivering an inspiring speech at the Teen Choice Awards.

A month after being ripped into on Twitter as part of the “white America” that has profited from black culture, the singer has spoken about compassion and acceptance.

“My parents did their best to fill my young mind not with prejudice or hate but with compassion and love,” he told the crowd.

“I think it’s part of the reason why, to this day, I try to live my life working closely with, making music with, and spending so much of my time with an amazing group of people: male, female, straight, gay, every walk of life. People who help each other find common ground.”

His words follow Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech in June, during which the actor admonished America for “extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil”.

Following the speech, Timberlake took to Twitter calling his words “inspirational”.


However, the singer’s tweet was quickly called out, with people pointing out as an R&B artist he was appropriating black music and culture.

In response to one specific tweet he hastily wrote back, “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.”

He later apologised for the response which many pointed out as being part of the condescending culture Williams’ spoke about.

“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.”


In his Teen Choice speech, Timberlake reiterated this sentiment telling the crowd he felt we were all one and the same.

“I was drawn to all these people not because they look like me, but because they think and feel like me,” he said.

“The truth is we are all different, but that does not mean we all don’t want the same thing.”

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