Those who went to a liberal arts college, most likely heard (or saw) the organization Take Back The Night (TBTN). TBTN is a sexual assault awareness organization that seeks to promote knowledge of sexual and domestic violence against women. Their campus rallies have served as a place for women to share their experiences with sexual matters and abuse.
Unfortunately, Justin Timberlake didn’t get the memo about TBTN. He accidentally penned the title of his latest single with the same name as the organization, and unsurprisingly they weren’t too happy. TBTN was not only upset they did not receive a request from his legal team to use the organization’s name as a song, they also don’t approve of the song’s lyrics, such as “C’mon, use me up until there’s nothing left,” which do not coincide with TBTN’s purpose.
The executive director of TBTN, Katherine Koestner, told Rolling Stone:
“It just shows how far we have to go when Take Back the Night as a historic movement to end sexual violence in all forms is still not widely enough known, according to Mr. Timberlake, that he claims he didn’t know that we existed,”
That is precisely what Mr. Timberlake claimed in a statement of apology released to RadarOnline:
“Upon the release of my new single ‘Take Back The Night,’ I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back The Night Foundation. I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization. As I’ve learned more about The Take Back The Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women — something we all should rally around. It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause.”
Initially, TBTN sent a letter stating they would take legal action against Timberlake but later rescinded because they believed it would be a waste of time. Instead TBTN, still in disbelief a celebrity like Timberlake has not heard of them, has decided to increase their visibility as an organization.
After critics called Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ a rape song, we are sure Justin Timberlake wanted to avoid this TBTN mishap like the plague. Although I doubt JT never heard of TBTN, he created a song that reflects having a great night on the town with a potential lover. Hopefully feminists do not become critical of another great summer song.
Listen to Timberlake’s ‘Take Back The Night’ below. What do you think about this drama?