American singer Justin Bieber faced backlash for using clips of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches on his “Justice” album but Bernie King, the icon’s daughter, has backed the project.
Justin Bieber released his latest project, “Justice”, on 19 March 2021 and it features Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar Burna Boy, Chance The Rapper, The Kid LAROI, Khalid, Dominic Fike, Daniel Caesar, Giveon, and BEAM.
While there have been several positive reactions to the album, the singer has also had to face criticism. Many of these are based on the fact that he named the album “Justice” and used many MLK speeches soundbites when the album was not about treating injustice but more about his marriage to Hailey and love.
See some of the tweets below:
justin bieber really started a song with a clip from an MLK speech and then the rest of the song was just “my wife is hot” is there something i’m missing??
— elise morgan, allegedly (@crocfanpage) 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 a-s 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
However, while his songs may not have been about human rights and justice, Bieber did mention that he will donate to social justice organisations like The King Center in honour of the album’s release. He also puts out a call to action for others to join in:
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
Also, Bernice King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter supported the project with a tweet thanking Justin Bieber.
Each of us, including artists and entertainers, can do something.
Thank you, @justinbieber, for your support, in honor of #Justice, of @TheKingCenter’s work and of our #BeLove campaign, which is a part of our global movement for justice. #MLK #EndRacism https://t.co/nTkR1XdcvW
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) March 18, 2021