Vic Mensa recently criticized Justin Timberlake over what he calls cultural appropriation.
Following activist/actor Jesse Williams’ speech at the recent BET Awards, Timberlake took to Twitter to applaud him, but also stressed that “we are all one”.
The pop star’s comments were not taken lightly, and garnered backlash on social media, despite attempts to clarify.
Mensa addressed Timberlake’s remarks, during an appearance on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, calling him out for benefiting off of black culture, but not supporting it.
“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,” Mensa explained. “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.”
He also went on to say that Timberlake needs to sit down, unless he can prove he cares about issues affecting the black community.
“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,” he said. “And we’re not feeling him being down when it’s beneficial to him, and turning a blind eye when it could be dangerous. Sit down until you show us you care. Don’t tell us shit unless you show us you care.”
Mensa later took to Twitter, clarifying that his weren’t meant to “bash” Timberlake.
My statements on @TheNightlyShow were not to bash Justin timberlake. I was just shedding some light on the idea of cultural appropriation
— vino valentino (@VicMensa) June 30, 2016