Justin Timberlake took home the iHeartRadio Song of the Year award for his worldwide hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” last weekend, and he used his acceptance speech to send a strong message to any kids who feel “different”.
“I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together,” the singer explained.
“I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now because there’s a lot of you looking at me.
“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,” he continued, referring to himself.
“Anyone that is treating you unkindly, it is only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are, because being different means you make the difference. So fuck ’em.”
Unfortunately, US viewers watching on TV didn’t hear Justin’s last sentence because it was muted.
JT tries to send message out to LGBTQ youth; gets muted pic.twitter.com/WRYOitkplF
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 6, 2017
But a glorious uncensored version soon made its way online:
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 6, 2017
And if you need a reminder of why “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” nabbed Song of the Year, take another listen below: