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Justin Timberlake Responds to 'Take Back The Night' Controversy

Justin Timberlake Responds to 'Take Back The Night' Controversy

Justin Timberlake and BFF Trace Ayala pose together while promoting their brand William Rast at The Bay on Tuesday (July 16) in Toronto, Canada.

Over the weekend, the 32-year-old entertainer was spotted performing with Jay-Z at the Yahoo! Wireless Festival in London, England.

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Justin recently talked about the controversy regarding his new single “Take Back The Night.”

“Upon the release of my new single, ‘Take Back The Night,’ I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back the Night Foundation. I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization,” Justin said in a statement.

He added, “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.”

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11 Comments

# 1

The organization should be happy for the awareness it’s brought since I’m in my 30′ as are my friends and none of us had ever heard of them before. Great cause. Not such a great name for it though since rape occurs at every time of the day and night. There are also numerous songs out there with the same name.

# 2

I’m in my thirties and HAVE heard of Take Back the Night organization, I thought the song was related initially. I guess it’s possible loads of people wouldn’t know there was an organization with the name. Justin has done what he needs to do in regards to the controversy,IMO

# 3

‘take back the night’ has deep origins from a time when women could not safely walk the streets at night in fear of being sexually assaulted. anyone with basic knowledge of women’s history should know.

i’m surprised Timberlake didn’t do a simple google search before picking the title. And will the coincidence bring awareness to the organization? Or will it just remove the meaning behind the slogan to something involving timberlake lov’n.

# 4

I hate when people act like their faves did someone a favor when theres some controversy. This cause is more important than his awful song that yet another song about hooking up in a club AS IF. They trademarked the name he stands to profit off it so they had every right to get mad. He is such an epic douchebag and this is just another example to add to the list of reasons why. Next time use google Justin when you’re deciding to name your awful and boring songs

# 6
Melissa B @ 07/17/2013 at 1:31 pm

Him and his ego.

# 7

Only this @$$hole can turn an apology into an egotistical statement! As if now, thanks to him, this foundation will benefit more from this “coincidence”… Whatta an effing douche…..its called google *****.

# 8
Elizabeth @ 07/17/2013 at 8:21 pm

@tara:

“That time” has never gone away.

# 9

Timberlololo doesn’t know how to use Google – he is not that smart you know lol I thought everybody knows already that he is not the brightest lol

@tara:

It’s a common phrase that like Timberlake the organization co-opted for their use. They don’t own it and Timberlake doesn’t owe them anything more for it.

Many communities enforce strict curfews. “Take back the night” is a generic expression. Any use of a generic name or expression invites confusion over its use. Although aware of that feminist organization’s use of that phrase for its name, others opposing curfews (and even those supporting them), might consider their use of the expression equally valid.

There are many books, songs and movies with same names. The organization by that name would be hard pressed to make an actionable issue of a fair use of a song title.

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