Justin Timberlake took home the Song of the Year award last night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and while we can debate the merits of “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” you can’t argue with J.T.’s support for LGBT youth.
In his acceptance speech, Timberlake gave comfort to queer kids, telling them the bullies are coming from a place of fear and ignorance.
“If you’re gay, or you’re lesbian, or you are trans, or maybe you’re just a sissy singer boy from Tennessee — anyone who has treated you unkindly, it’s only because they’re afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are,” he said. “Because being different means you make a difference. So, fuck ‘em.”
But on the broadcast on TNT, much of the speech was muted.
JT tries to send message out to LGBTQ youth; gets muted pic.twitter.com/WRYOitkplF
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 6, 2017
Most likely the speech was cut for time, and because Timberlake threw a f-bomb in there. But it’s still a shame his words of support were muted.
It’s not the first time Timberlake has been a vocal ally for LGBT youth. He and wife Jessica Biel have been active supporters of GLSEN, even giving a shoutout to the group on the Golden Globes red carpet.
“I think we should toast to GLSEN!” Biel suggested when Steel asked what they should drink to. “It’s an organization that supports equality, compassion and love for everybody. That’s what we need now!”
“To GLSEN, and to the evening!” Timberlake added as the three raised their glasses. “May we not remember it!”
The power couple were given the Inspiration Award At the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards.