One tweeter wrote, "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards."
To which Timberlake responded, "Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation."
But that only fueled his critics more, to the point where Timberlake eventually tweeted, “I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn't meant to be a general response. I shouldn't have responded anyway...”
He continued, “I forget this forum sometimes... I was truly inspired by [Jesse Williams’] speech because I really do feel that we are all one... A human race. I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US.”
Timberlake has been nominated for eight career BET Awards and one BET Hip-Hop Award, but has never won.