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Here's Why Everyone Is Mad About Justin Timberlake's Tweets

His response to Jesse Williams' heartfelt speech has set the internet ablaze.

Jesse Williams pretty much wins at everything - Twitter, activism, life - so it came as no surprise when he was awarded Humanitarian of the Year during the BET Awards last night. During his time on stage, the former teacher-turned-actor addressed things like systemic racism, police brutality, and cultural appropriation.

Williams' acceptance speech has since gone viral, with many saying they were inspired by his words - Justin Timberlake included.

JT commented on Williams' speech via Twitter, and it started out innocently enough, with the singer tweeting that he was "inspired" by it.

Twitter user @MrErnestOwens then challenged Timberlake to take a closer look at his own actions, tweeting, "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too."

He's referring, of course, to NippleGate; Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl was the breast seen 'round the world, and many felt that JT didn't publicly support Janet enough during the ensuing backlash.

Justin then responded with a considerable dose of condescension.

Justin's response drew even more backlash, with many proclaiming that he was continuing to miss the point. 

Justin responded again in a series of tweets, writing, "I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn't meant to be a general response." He also reiterated that he really does feel that "we are all one." 

Honestly, when it comes to this whole mess, I think Twitter user @animdash said it best.

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