Justin Timberlake iHeartRadio Music Awards Speech About Race, LGBT – WATCH VIDEO
Justin Timberlake gave a speech about embracing the LGBT community and people of different races at Sunday’s 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Watch below.
Timberlake won the night’s first, and one of the biggest, awards, Song Of The Year. Taking the stage to accept for “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” the superstar started off giving a traditional acceptance speech, though he rambled in his usual charming way. And then Timberlake got very serious.
“I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. And so, I guess I wanna take this opportunity to speak to young people right now, because there’s a lot of you looking at me,” he said.
Timberlake went on, “If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you’re a lesbian or you are trans — or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee. Anyone who’s treating you unkindly, it’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Because being different means you’re making a difference. So, f*ck ’em.”
The expletive was bleeped on the live TV broadcast, but caught on camera by those in attendance. Check out the videos below.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 6, 2017