A portion of Justin Timberlake’s message to LGBTI youth at the iHeartRadio awards was muted last night (5 March).
The singer was taking home the award for Song of the Year for ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ when he told gay, bi and trans teens what to do when faced with a homophobe.
The iHeartRadio Awards were broadcast on TNT, TBS and truTV.
If you watched the awards, you wouldn’t have heard the final portion after he said: ‘Being different means you make a difference’.
JT tries to send message out to LGBTQ youth; gets muted pic.twitter.com/WRYOitkplF
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 6, 2017
However, iHeartRadio then posted the full speech.
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 6, 2017
Timberlake’s full speech was:
‘I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. I guess I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now ‘cause there’s a lot of you looking at me,’ he said.
‘If you’re gay, or you’re lesbian, or you are trans, or maybe you’re just a sissy singer boy from Tennessee — anyone who has treated you unkindly, it’s only because they’re afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are.
‘Because being different means you make a difference. So, fuck ‘em.’
While Turner Network has yet to address the muting, it is likely they will say it was because of the expletive.