Justin Timberlake Shares Touching Message at iHeart Radio Awards
After winning Song of the Year at the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards for “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” Justin Timberlake had a message for his younger fans while collecting his trophy, “I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. And so I guess I want to take this opportunity to speak to young people right now because there’s a lot of you looking at me.”
The pop star stated, “If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee. Anyone that is treating you unkindly it’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are.”
Justin continued his message, “Because being different means you make the difference, so f–k them. Thank you so much for this. I love you guys, have a great night.”
Justin, known for his days in NSYNC and creating a solid solo career for himself, shares a son, Silas Randall Timberlake, with former seventh heaven star Jessica Biel. It’s safe to say Timberlake wants to inspire the younger generations to come. However, this wasn’t the first time Timberlake had an inspirational message to share with fans.
It was only this past summer when Justin was graced with the Decade Award at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards, while Kobe Bryant handed off a palm tree painted surfboard to a smiley Timberlake. Timberlake addressed the younger generation by saying, “Thank you, Teen Choice. As a former teen, a while ago, who’s made a few choices along the way, I’m here to tell you that you and your choices matter. In my case, I grew up in Millington, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis, where I was blessed to be raised by parents and a family who taught me some big lessons. They taught me to respect them. They taught me to respect myself and to respect all people on the basis of their character — not where they live, not what they did for a living or the color of their skin.”
Timberlake went on to say, “My parents did their best to fill my young mind not with prejudice or hate but with compassion and love. I think it’s part of the reason why to this day I try to live my life working closely with, making music with and spending so much of my time with an amazing group of people: male, female, straight, gay, every walk of life … People who help each other and find a common ground. I was drawn to all these people not because they look like me, but because they think and feel like me. The truth is we are all different, but that does not mean we all don’t want the same thing.”