As TruthRevolt reported here, Justin Timberlake intended to show support for "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams, the recipient of a humanitarian award at the BET Awards. But Timberlake's well-wishing tweet took a turn for the worst.
The LA Times describes Williams' speech:
The “Grey’s Anatomy” actor and executive producer of BET’s “Stay Woke” documentary, delivered a powerful speech that touched on the sacrifices of black women to their community, police violence, the commodification and appropriation and a need for action that drove his audience to their feet and audiences at home to their keyboards.
The Twitterverse immediately attacked Timberlake. Ernest Owen responded to Timberlake's comment with:
and Timberlake replied
Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
The backlash was instant and Timberlake immediately began to apologize.
I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn't meant to be a general response. I shouldn't have responded anyway...— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
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— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016