On Sunday night, Grey’s Anatomy actor and social activist Jesse Williams was given a humanitarian award at the BET awards. His acceptance speech, in which he called out cultural appropriation, racism and police brutality, was perhaps the most powerful award acceptance speech I’ve ever seen.
Williams called out white America for “extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil-black gold; ghettoising and demeaning our creations then stealing them.”
It was an incredibly powerful moment in the broadcast. People in the building and those watching at home were moved, and millions of people took to Twitter to express their feelings on the speech.
Among them was Justin Timberlake, who tweeted about how inspired he was by Williams’ speech.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 27, 2016
However, it soon became clear the pop star might have completely missed the point.
Writer Ernest Owens quickly called Timberlake out for being a huge part of the cultural appropriation Williams was talking about: