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Justin Timberlake on LGBTQ Youth: 'Being Different Means You Make a Difference'

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake accepted the award for Song of the Year for "Can't Stop the Feeling" at last night's iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, and in his acceptance speech, the artist addressed LGBTQ youth. 

"I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion—about being together," Timberlake said. "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 continued, "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."

The last two words were not aired live on TBS due to the use of an expletive.

Watch Timberlake's speech, below:

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