Justin Timberlake on Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest: ‘It’s a Free Country’
After being dragged through the depths of Twitter hell for his incredulous comments regarding Jesse Williams' speech at the BET Awards, Justin Timberlake has been treading carefully in terms of what he says.
When someone commented to Timberlake, calling him out on his own appropriation and general tone-deafness to black issues, Timberlake responded condescendingly, which caused Twitter to turn on him very quickly.
“Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye," Timberlake tweeted before facing immediate, harsh criticism for what many people interpreted to be his willful ignorance. He later apologized.
Recently, Timberlake, who is set to star in the Netflix concert documentary Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids helmed by Silence of the Lambs director, Jonathan Demme, linked up with The Daily Beast to give his thoughts on Colin Kapernick's protest of the National Anthem.
“It’s a free country,” Timberlake told The Daily Beast. “And I think sometimes we have a way of using symbolism to judge people and when you get down to the matter of it, it’s a free country. Anyone can feel the way they feel and make a statement. I can’t speak to his employers. That’s a whole other issue. I can’t speak to that. That’s a whole other issue and I wouldn’t even touch that. But we’re in an interesting place right now.”
T.I., Chris Brown, J.Cole, Trey Songz, and John Legend are just some of the marquee names who have showed immense support for the outspoken quarterback.
In his interview, Justin also veered back and spoke on his misconstrued comments pertaining to Jesse Williams' poignant speech on appropriation of the black culture. “My language was inappropriate but the intention was not misled,” he says.
“But my experience through music, because it’s been such a huge part of my life and it is my career—it’s been such a huge part of my life—has been shared and literally collaborated on with all different cultures of people," he added.
To see the rest of Timberlake's interview, you can check out The Daily Beast. Watch a clip of Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids below.