Noted women’s rights activist and ex-Curly Girl Justin Timberlake has released the full single off the forthcoming second half of the 20/20 Experience. Having teased us on Wednesday with a brief 30 second snippet of his poorly titled single “Take Back The Night,” Timberlake unleashed the full version of the new single, which meanders along nicely, with Michael Jackson-inspired synths, a spoken word interlude and lots of upper-register pleading to “take back the night!” Is this Justin’ coming out as an ally? Not quite! It seems JT was just informed of the internationally-known sexual assault awareness campaign the same name, and released the following statement:
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.
Check out the single above and let us know what you think in the comments. [Rolling Stone]