When Justin Timberlake was called a hypocrite for praising Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards, his response landed him in hot water. Timberlake said, “Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.” When followers rightfully pointed out that the Williams’ point was that we are not in fact the same, Timberlake said he feels “misunderstood” and he “responded to a specific tweet that wasn’t meant to be a general response.”
One of Williams’ points was about cultural appropriation, with the star saying that white people are “extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment . . . ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.” Timberlake has long been accused of cultural appropriation, hence the hypocrisy of his support. Followers have said that more talented black R&B singers don’t get the same credit as the white superstar. They also pointed to his notorious Super Bowl performance with Janet Jackson, which resulted in her career suffering while his thrived.
It would be impossible to cite every example of cultural appropriation, because it’s endless. It’s no secret that just about all of what’s “cool” in white culture began with black culture, and we’ve consistently taken credit. For an easy, fun example of this, read this Buzzfeed article, entitled, “Vogue Thinks White People Invented the Big Booty Trend.” To quote “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg, “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we loved black culture?”
While Justin Timberlake is a scapegoat for a larger issue, it goes without saying that he should perhaps be more in tune with the times, so as not to land in hot water. Twitter isn’t the problem, he is. But I am sure his intentions were pure, and it’s important to educate people, not bully them.
Take a moment, put down the crazy juice, and ask yourself whether it’s appropriate to release a dead man’s music with a currently alive person mimicking his moves? To top it off, Timberlake’s moves are so heavily edited that it’s clear he doesn’t hold a candle to Jackson’s choreography, so his presence feels nothing more than gratuitous. Is this an “honor,” or a stale attempt to capitalize on a legend’s empire? Call me a buzzkill, but I’m not on board. Watch the video below. Jackson wrote the song with Paul Anka in 1983, and up until now, it’s been shelved.
“I’ve had my heart broken plenty of times. Three times, actually. I was fifteen the first time. She cheated on me, and I broke up with her. That’s reason enough, right? ‘Oops, sorry, see you.’ I’d been going with her for a year. The second one I saw for a year and a half. And the third one” – and here he paused, thinking of Spears – “was for three and a half years. It was the same with her as with the first girl who broke my heart and the second. They’ve all gone down the same way. All of them. Three strikes, I’m out. I mean, she has a beautiful heart, but if I’ve lost my trust in someone, I don’t think it’s right for me to be with them. I’m not going to let my baggage with somebody else become my baggage with a new person. But I’ll tell you, man, I have little, little hope. Three strikes. Little hope.” Justin Timberlake told Rolling Stone in 2003 about Britney Spears shortly after their breakup.
There’s something highly suspicious about Justin Timberlake’s attendance at the Marine Corps Ball. Where was Mila Kunis? Did she flake? Timberlake has received a considerable amount of positive press for attending, but there’s been no mention of Kunis, who accepted the invite long before Timberlake. In fact, it was Timberlake who encouraged Kunis to attend the event during the promotion for their film, ‘Friends With Benefits.’ So where was she, and why hasn’t the press either confirmed her attendance or explained her absence? Though I’m not sure of the explanation, allow me to say that I’ve heard from numerous inside sources that Justin Timberlake is one of the nicest guys in show business. It’s good to know that my sources were confirmed by Corporal Kelsey De Santis.
UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention by a very kind reader that Mila Kunis was invited to a different ball, which takes place this Friday in Greenville, North Carolina. Major apology to Mila for The Dishmaster flop.
Justin Timberlake amazes me. When you think of all the teenyboppers that began in the business who were unable to prolong their success after their bubble-gum-genre crashed and burned, it’s extremely impressive how much he reinvented his career. He’s not only managed to land major acting roles, but he’s also had continued comedic success on Saturday Night Live with some incredible sketches (who could forget “dick-in-a-box?). So when he joined Jimmy Fallon for the History of Rap Part 2, I almost fell off my chair. It’s damn good, and they even topped the last one. I need not even mention Jimmy Fallon’s talent for impersonations. That guy never disappoints.
You know what’s worse than hanging out with a bunch of stoners? Hanging out with a bunch of stoners that discuss how great it is to be stoned. Justin Timberlake makes the annoy-the-Dishmaster list, with his recent interview where he discloses his affection for marijuana, followed by the proclamation that, “some people are just better high.” Because I’m the lucky alumni of a brain-numbing party college, I’ve had the good fortune of being around a plethora of high people. Like Timberlake, these people insist that they are “better” in their high state. I can assure him and and stoners everywhere — no one is better high. To be fair, I have met one person who becomes funnier while smoking weed, but I consider him to be an aberrant part of civilization that should be studied by doctors in a petri dish somewhere. Other than that, stoners may be the least entertaining people on the planet, and the idea that they want to make marijuana legal so that they can infect me with their horrible personality in a public forum — might be the scariest movement in history. Here’s the good news though — my celebrities-I’d-like-to-ba*g list just lost a member. No need to fantasize about Justin Timberlake anymore.