Justin Bieber is under scrutiny for including words and speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the release of his new album Justice.
The album was released last Friday on Def Jam Recordings and begins with MLK’s words of “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” There is also “MLK Interlude” with a 1 minute 44 second clip from King’s “But If No” sermon from 1967.
Outrage was sparked both in posts and on social media, questioning Bieber’s intention and belief in using the posts.
“If you’re wondering why anyone thought it a good idea to combine civil rights martyrdom with the idea of succumbing to a sexy woman, keep wondering,” wrote Chris Willman of Variety.
At the album release, Bieber announced a campaign to support social justice organizations, including The King’s Center, which is a non-profit organization run by Dr. Rey’s family. Bernice King, MLK’s daughter, thanked Bieber for his support online after the album was released.
“What I wanted to do with this was expand [Dr] The voice of Martin Luther King Jr for this generation ”, explained Bieber to fashion. “Being Canadian was not part of my culture […] 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 ultimately fighting against was racism and division. I think his message was that a lot of people may be afraid to stand up for what is right, but if you are not standing up for justice, for what is right, what are you doing with your life? Sorry to go so deep, but these are the times we are living in. That’s why I wanted to make this album because I think it’s very timely and very necessary. “
The album breaks the record as the album that reached # 1 in most countries in Apple Music history and has a total of 1 billion streams on Spotify.