Justin Bieber just released his latest album, Justice, and it has many fans upset after the pop star used audio from Martin Luther King’s speeches in his music.
According to multiple reports, Justin’s ‘Justice’ album begins with a snippet of MLK’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” which leads into the first song, “2 Much.”
The issue most fans have with the situation is that it appears none of the album’s songs actually deals with social justice issues — and the audio is just stuck on the album. Plus, there is a two-minute interlude in the album, where MLK appears for a second time.
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At the beginning of the album, Martin Luther King can be heard saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
In the middle of the album, MLK makes a second appearance on a track entitled, “MLK Interlude,” which features audio of King’s “But If Not” sermon, which was delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in 1967.
Of course, Justin included several other famous collaborations which you would expect from the pop star, but the MLK audio has some very upset.
It should be noted, Justin spoke out about his decision to include the speeches in his album, saying he grew up in Canada, and the civil rights icon wasn’t “part of (his) culture” and wanted to share the message.
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“What I wanted to do with this was amplify [Dr] Martin Luther King Jr’s voice to this generation,” Justin told Vogue.
He continued, “This speech was actually during the time when [he had] a feeling that he was going to die for the cause, and what he was standing up against was ultimately racism and division. I think his message was that a lot of people can be afraid to stand up for what is right, but if you’re not standing up for justice–for what is right–what are you doing with your life? I’m sorry to get so deep, but these are the times we’re living in. That’s why I wanted to make this album because I think it’s very timely and very necessary.”
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“Justice is indivisible. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” pic.twitter.com/amiSwthni4
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 19, 2020
Many fans blasted the singer on social media, questioning his intentions and usage of MLK’s messages.
“Justin Bieber released an album today called “Justice” that samples Martin Luther King Jr speeches and the album says nothing about social justice,” one person wrote.
“It’s genuinely sick and disturbing that Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun rebranded his already finished album to have “woke BLM aesthetic.” They titled it Justice and threw some clips of Martin Luther King speeches onto a collection of entirely generic love songs,” a fan said.
Adding, “There is not a single song on the album where any kind of Justice is discussed. Let alone any talk of racism, something Justin Bieber has infamously perpetuated. There is ofc some black artists featured to give Justin the black sound he’s chasing again now that it’s marketable.”
It should also be noted, Justin went to the King family to get clearance on the audio, and they thanked him for the message, saying, “Each of us, including artists and entertainers, can do something. Thank you, (Justin Bieber), for your support, in honor of #Justice, of (The King Center’s) work, and of our #BeLove campaign, which is a part of our global movement for justice. #MLK #EndRacism.”