However, the civil rights icon’s family has publicly shown their support for the pop star amid the furor.
The Baby hitmaker sampled MLK on two tracks – 2 Much and Die For You – which feature on the pop album mostly filled with love songs.
Listeners immediately took to Twitter to share their issues with the choice as one wrote: ‘Justin Bieber has an MLK Interlude on his album. Then, an 80’s inspired pop song about dying for love comes on next.’
Another commented: ‘Justin Bieber really used an audio clip form Martin Luther King jr about injustice as the into for a love song about Hailey Baldwin…. because that makes sense.’
One confused fan tweeted: ‘Justin Bieber profiting off of the civil rights movement as a white man is weird. His album is called Justice and has an MLK interlude but speaks nowhere of social justice, and is focused on love and relationships… huh?’
Another wrote: ‘I really assumed the new Bieber album was going to be about social change and civil rights activism with the title and an “MLK interlude” but it’s about obsessive love and I’m so disappointed. It’s like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was used and it feels so wrong. I am sad.’
Justin tweeted about the album’s release Friday and said he was using it to start ‘supporting organizations that embody what justice looks like in action,’ including The King Center, Equal Justice Initiative, and Anti-Recidivism Coalition.
He also encouraged fans to donate to these organizations in exchange for a chance to win some of his merch, signed instruments and tickets to an eventual 2022 tour.
This led MLK’s daughter Bernice King to tweet: ‘Each of us, including artists and entertainers, can do something.
‘Thank you, @justinbieber, for your support, in honor of #Justice, of @TheKingCenter ’s work and of our #BeLove campaign, which is a part of our global movement for justice. #MLK #EndRacism.’
Justice is the singer’s sixth studio album, Justice and it pretty much serves as an ode to the love of his life.
Over two years after Justin and Hailey secretly tied the knot, it seems the singer more smitten than ever with most of the songs clearly dedicated to his model wife.
Justin Bieber’s new album, Justice, is out now.
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