Justin Bieber called out for "tone-deaf" MLK interlude on Justice album
19 March 2021, 11:14
Justin Bieber is coming under fire for using Martin Luther King Jr. speeches on an album that has little to do with MLK.
Justin Bieber is facing backlash for incorporating excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr. speeches into his new Justice album.
Today (Mar 19), Justin Bieber released his sixth studio album Justice. Describing the LP on Instagram, Justin wrote: "I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music but I do know that if we all do our part by using our gifts to serve this planet and each other that we are that much closer to being united. This is me doing a small part. My part."
The project is filled with love songs dedicated to Justin's wife Hailey Bieber. However, it opens with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote, and it even includes an 'MLK interlude'. People are now calling Justin "tone-deaf" for using Martin Luther King Jr. within Justice when the content of the record has little to do with MLK, civil rights or social change.
'2 Much' begins with Martin Luther King Jr. saying: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere". The quote is taken from MLK's 'Letter From Birmingham Jail'. The song, however, is a love song. Meanwhile, Justin's 'MLK Interlude' is a full excerpt from MLK's 'But If Not' sermon in which he says: "You died when you refused to stand up for justice."
Criticising Justin, one person tweeted: "justin bieber profiting off of the civil rights movement as a white man is weird. his album is called ‘justice’ and has an MLK interlude but speaks nowhere of social justice, and is focused on love & relationships... huh?"
Another added: "white people using MLK's speech as an aesthetic is so tone-deaf and performative justin wtf ?"
justin bieber profiting off of the civil rights movement as a white man is weird. his album is called ‘justice’ and has an MLK interlude but speaks nowhere of social justice, and is focused on love & relationships... huh?— aly (@herestokesha) March 19, 2021
im confused why this justin bieber album is called justice and has a whole mlk skit if it’s just about how in love he is with hailey bieber💀— bri🤪 (@iamabriannaa) March 19, 2021
white people using MLK's speech as an aesthetic is so tone-deaf and performative justin wtf ? https://t.co/QSrebUciXt— ovee (@tsvol6) March 19, 2021
justin bieber did not put one of MLK’s speeches on his album and title it “MLK Interlude” i just know he didn’t do that. my eyes must be broken bc there’s just no fucking way.— derett 🪐 (@deeperiodt) March 19, 2021
Who in the hell let Justin Bieber walk out the studio with an album called Justice w two samples of MLK and every track got him having a grand ol white ass time singin bout his wife over synthesized pop beats... my blood pressure gets higher every day, on god pic.twitter.com/TrzZ6s4d3h— Derek Brown (@greendrawblin) March 19, 2021
Alright Justin, it's a good record but real talk, opening your album with a clip of Martin Luther King before you immediately launch into a classicly Bieber-esque love ballad about missing your wife feels a tad tone-deaf in 2021.— Geek Boy (@GeekBoyMusic) March 19, 2021
Alongside the new album, Justin has set up a competition to raise money for organisations, including The Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. All fans have to do is donate to any of the causes he's selected and they could be in a chance with winning his merch, a signed guitar or tickets to his tour in 2022.
However, none of the proceeds from Justin's new merch or his Justice album actually go towards any of these causes and it's unclear what Justin has donated himself.
In honor of #Justice I’m supporting organizations that embody what justice looks like in action@AntiRecidivism @AHouse_LA @ComptonPledge @baby2baby @eji_org @LIFTCommunities @SHG1970 @TheKingCenter #ThisIsAboutHumanity @UniteThePoor— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) March 18, 2021
You can help too https://t.co/d8BSjXa3LG pic.twitter.com/yAMc6Ag6BG