By thanking Jesse Williams...
Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake inadvertantly caused a rupture on Twitter following a compliment to Jesse Williams.

Williams received the Humanitarian award at the BET (Black Entertainment Television) awards, following years of civil rights activism.

The actor gave a bold, brave, and moving speech, one that clearly resonated with Justin Timberlake, who tweeted:

Responding to one critic, Justin Timberlake then followed with:

This seemed to re-ignite the debate around Justin Timberlake's appropriation of R&B, causing a social media firestorm. The singer then backtracked:

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