Justin Timberlake‘s new single is called ‘Take Back the Night’, which, if you live under a rock, you may not know is also the name of an anti-domestic violence/rape organisation who are none too happy with the whole “coincidence” (Justin’s words). In fact, the group has threatened potential legal action as they feel Justin used the phrase “without permission”.
Now Justin has spoken out about the whole fiasco, insisting that it totally wasn’t on purpose and now that he knows about the ACTUAL Take Back the Night, he’s working towards stopping violence against women. Uh, in the span of a week, dude? Okay…
From Radar Online:
“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.”
So… is he still just gonna let the song drop and hope for the best, or…? I mean, to be fair – and y’all know I’m a “Feminazi”, LOLZ – but I think this is a bit much, and I do think it was coincidental. When I’m sitting down to write, I don’t think to myself, “Huh, I wonder if any women’s advocacy groups share a name with any of the phraseology I’m using here?” Like, it sucks and now that he knows he should “correct it”, but I don’t think he’s taking anything away from the organisation by naming his song ‘Take Back the Night’. Eh, whatever.