Vic Mensa appeared as a guest on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore and had some criticism for how Justin Timberlake responds to Black issues with crickets.
Even since he exposed Janet Jackson’s right breast at the Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake’s invitation to the cookout has been in limbo. This past weekend he managed to lose even more points in the Black community when he sent out a tweet saying he was “#inspired” by Jesse Williams’ speech at the 2016 BET Awards, and then insisting that Black and White people are “all the same.”
While the backlash has began to simmer, Vic Mensa added his thoughts on why Black people we so quick to jump on Timberlake.
“Our problem here is that Justin Timberlake himself, you know, is definitely benefiting from using black culture for his sound, his dance moves, his dancers and blowing up off of it. But if you roll down Justin Timberlake’s Twitter for the past two years, which I just did, you see nothing that supports black people when it’s more difficult, when there’s a struggle. With everything that’s going on and everybody that’s been killed by police on camera in the last couple of years, there’s no ‘#BlackLivesMatter,’ there’s no ‘praying for Baltimore,’ there’s no ‘praying for Flint,’ you know, because that’s a dangerous subject for him to touch. And we’re not feeling him being down when it’s beneficial to him and turning a blind eye when it could be dangerous.”
Sensing that his words could be taken out of context, Mensa further explained himself on Twitter afterwards.
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