Pop singer Justin Bieber released his sixth studio album on Friday, and though it has received positive reviews, the 27-year-old earned the ire of the Black community for incorporating speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. in an album with few references to social activism or social justice.
The first words spoken on the album Justice are those of MLK. His voice opens the album saying his renowned adage: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
When it appears that Bieber was setting the stage for possible commentary on the country’s racial tensions, he hits listeners with a love ballad called “2 Much,” a song seemingly about his admiration for his wife Hailey Baldwin Bieber.
In response, critics and members of the Black community have taken to social media to express their disappointment and frustration.