The internet set ablaze when pop-star Justin Timberlake released his lead single “Take Back the Night” for his second installment of The 20/20 Experience. The disco-tinged track is reminiscent of the late Michael Jackson and evoked an overall “feel-good” vibe, but not for everyone.
Take Back the Night is the name of a well-known sexual assault awareness foundation, that was shocked to see the release of this song, without prior consent. The organization, which owns a trademark for the name “Take Back The Night” was disappointed that Timberlake’s camp did not first ask permission to use the name, prior to release. The foundation’s Executive Director, Katherine Koestner, expressed her discontent with the song to Radar, given its R-rated, sexual nature. Timberlake made sure to clear the air immediately.
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. [READ MORE]
Do you think Justin Timberlake is being made an example of, given his celebrity, or do you think his legal team slacked off in the single release process? Let us know what you think in the comments!