Janet Jackson delivered an impassioned #metoo acceptance speech as she picked up the Global Icon Award at the MTV European Music Awards over the weekend.
During the event, which took place in Bilbao, Spain, Jackson aligned herself with the movement and admitted that she had been gagged at times during her lengthy career.
"I accept this award with profound gratitude... To be called an icon is a tremendous honor, but one that comes with a tremendous responsibility. Tonight I feel moved to speak for women whose voices have been stifled," she said.
"I am one of those women. Women who have been gagged, both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused. Women who have been intimated. Women who have lived in fear. I stand with you. You are my sisters... Tonight I carry the hope that a new world is emerging. A world in which caring people — male as well as female — will no longer tolerate gender inequality. Women — our voices will be heard. We will be heard when we speak out for justice.
"Speak out for a spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all faiths. Speak out for acts of true charity, small and large. Speak out for an all-embracing love because it's love that will heal our wounds. Love that will give us strength to come to one another's aid."
Jackson faced harsh criticism and was almost completely black-balled out of the industry after the 2004 Super Bowl after Timberlake ripped off a piece of her clothing revealing her nipple. Jackson alone was ostracized, while Timberlake continued to enjoy a thriving solo career, not once have Jackson's back following the uproar.