Justin Bieber is feeling the heat on Twitter for using snippets of Martin Luther King's speeches on his new album. MLK's family, however, is fully on board with it.
On March 18, the pop star released his album "Justice." The first voice on the album was from the civil rights leader, not Justin.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," MLK says. Justin then goes into his love song "2 Much." There's even a two-minute track in the middle of the album titled "MLK Interlude." That moment is followed by a song called "Die For You," which is about a woman.
Fans were livid that the Biebs was connecting his music to MLK's words, and many called it tone deaf. Some felt the placement of "Die For You" was unacceptable, as it came after the interlude, and because MLK was assassinated.
While the title of the album hints that it's about social justice, but it's not. Still, Justin tweeted that he understands the significance of the title.
"In honor of #Justice I'm supporting organizations that embody what justice looks like in action," he tweeted, while also tagging multiple organizations that epitomize progress.
Amid the outrage, MLK's daughter, Bernice King, praised Justin for using her father's words throughout the album. TMZ said Justin approached the MLK Estate ahead of time to get clearance for using the clips.
On March 18, Bernice tweeted, "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."