Over the weekend, Justin Timberlake received some criticism for his new single, “Take Back The Night“, from members of the Take Back The Night Foundation, among others. In particular, Katherine Koestner spoke out in an interview with Radar and noted that the song’s lyrics are “very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence.” For those unfamiliar, the foundation aims to put an end to sexual violence against women.
And now, Justin Timberlake has responded to the controversy with a statement of his own to Radar. He writes that he was unaware of Take Back The Night at the time of the song’s recording and release and hopes that this will all only bring more attention to the foundation. You can read his statement below.
I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization. As I’ve learned more about the Take Back the Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women– something we all should rally around. It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause.