Justin Timberlake Dragged Over BET Awards Tweet: Stop Appropriating Our Music and Culture – Daily Beast

Now, I don’t think Timberlake is a bad guy—on the contrary, he seems like one of the good ones—but he does have a bit of a racial blind spot when it comes to the appropriation of black culture. Lest we forget, on a BET Awards’ night that boasted not one, but four Prince tributes, that The Purple One himself took issue with Timberlake’s “borrowing” ways on his 2006 pop album FutureSex/LoveSounds. Some in Prince’s inner circle claimed that the album seemed to ape his style, and Prince addressed it at a post-Emmys party performance in 2007, announcing to the crowd, “For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!”


Timberlake responded by mocking Prince’s height while accepting a Golden Globe on his behalf, before dissing Prince on the Timbaland track “Give It to Me,” with Timberlake singing:


“Could you speak up and stop mu-mumbling, I don’t think you came in clear / When you’re sittin’ on the top, it’s hard to hear you from way up hear / Now I saw you tryin’ to act cute on TV, ‘Just let me clear the air…’ / We missed you on the charts last week, damn, that’s right you wasn’t there / Now if se-sexy never left, then why’s everybody on my shi-i-it / Don’t hate on me just because you didn’t come up with it / So if you see us in the club, go on and walk the other way / Cause our run will never be over, not at least until we say.”

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