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Singer Justin Timberlake is catching flak for a tweet which was intended to show support for a speech on race by actor Jesse Williams at last night's BET Awards.

While accepting BET's honor for humanitarian of the year, the Grey's Anatomy star railed against "whiteness" taking over black culture and devaluing black lives.

"We’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment... ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit."

Timberlake gave Williams a nod on Twitter, saying he was "inspired" by the speech - which was when the trouble began.

Twitter users snapped back at the R&B singer, accusing him of doing the very things Williams' speech was against. Many users said that Timberlake failed to stick up for Janet Jackson following the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

Timberlake responded to one of the tweets, using the phrase "we are the same," which further angered some people.

After receiving more backlash, Timberlake tweeted again, saying he felt "misunderstood" and expressed frustration with the Twitter community's inability to understand any type of nuance, before reiterating that he was inspired by Williams' speech.

Do you think Timberlake has anything to apologize for? Watch The Five discuss the fracas above and let us know what you think!


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