Justin Timberlake Responds to Controversy Surrounding “Take Back The Night”

justin-timberlake-take-back-the-nightOver 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.

7 thoughts on “Justin Timberlake Responds to Controversy Surrounding “Take Back The Night”

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  1. Josh Benson|

    I always Google potential song/album/project names to see if I’m going to be “ripping off” anyone.

  2. Ah… the ubiquitous misogynist-comment-troll hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. Do you have sisters? I know you have a mother. You should feel ashamed and stupid.

    That said, I too respect TBTN Foundation and all of the magnificent work they do. I also respect JT for his humor/sincerity. I find it hard to believe that NO ONE involved in the production of his music thought about this title conflict.

    JT is handling it with with the grace and respect that such a great foundation deserves… props.

  3. did you not see the SNL skits with JT?

  4. Geoffrey Kenneth|

    still not a fan of his music (sorry Andrew Martin haha) but i respect the way he has been handling things like this. seems like a decent human being, which is refreshing.

  5. Dear Take back the night foundation. you don’t own that phrase it is unfair of you to “attack” JT over a phrase you did not create nor do you own. Never did JT say he wrote and released the song in support of your organization. Though your org is doing great things you diminish that greatness by doing something so trivial as to “attack” a song title. Do better.

  6. You are obviously single. And douchetastic.

  7. Gallardo|

    If the staff of the Take Back The Night Foundation were making sandwiches and teaching battered women to do the same, then maybe they wouldn’t get beaten and, as a result, feel like they need to bother a working man

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