Justin Timberlake is sending a strong message to men in Hollywood in a speech that’s going viral.
The Hollywood Reporter hosted the 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast Wednesday morning. There, they honored and celebrated the industry’s leading women.
The star-studded event features A-list celebrities, including Justin Timberlake who took the stage to present scholarships to young female students from underprivileged backgrounds.
At the microphone, Timberlake took a moment to acknowledge the women who played roles in shaping his life, calling them “strong, beautiful souls.”
“I’m happy to be here to be your arm candy,” Timberlake said. “Angelina [Jolie] warned me that I was basically only here to be objectified, I said ‘that’s absolutely fair’… People like Angelina, Sherry [Lansing], Shonda [Rhimes], Nancy [Dubuc] and you strong women that are younger than me … really, that I looked up to all of you.”
He then spoke about the strong women in his life, including his mother and his wife, Jessica Biel.
“I was raised by a strong woman. I was lucky enough to convince a strong woman to marry me, and she got nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award today …. I will be [her] bitch anytime,” said Timberlake.
Timberlake also had a message for the men in attendance.
“To the men in this room. I see a lot of great men who I also look up to. I think we actually are here because we deserve the opportunity to speak up, to stand when something is not right … We need to go to work. It’s not our responsibility. It’s our privilege, because at the end of the day, if you can be lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman and convince a strong woman to marry you, you will realize that we are nothing without the strength of women,” said Timberlake.
Timberlake presented scholarships on behalf of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship program. It pairs young women aspiring to enter the film industry with high-level women in entertainment. 21 young women from Los Angeles were awarded $10,000 scholarships.