Justin Timberlake Accused of Appropriating Black Culture
One of Timberlake's 55.6 million followers, Ernest Owens, responded, "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards." Owens was referring to Timberlake's 2004 Super Bowl performance, in which the singer accidentally flashed Janet jacksons breast on stage. Many have argued that Jackson's career never recovered as a result of the scandal (dubbed "Nipplegate"), while Timberlake's career continued to soar. In response to Owens' tweet, the pop singer wrote, "Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye."