Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson
Singer and actor Justin Timberlake apologized in a vague but serious Instagram post to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson on Friday, a week after a New York Times documentary about Spears sparked a wave of criticism of Timberlake for becoming the pop star after they had dealt with quit.
The apology to Jackson seemed to stem from the infamous Super Bowl halftime performance in 2004, when a closing duet between Timberlake and Jackson with Timberlake’s chant, “I bet I’ll have you naked by the end of this song,” ended when he did more of it ripped off her costume as planned to reveal her bare chest live and worldwide on television. As a result, Jackson was the subject of most of the backlash, and Timberlake later admitted that he should have defended her more.
Without specifying what he apologized for, Timberlake wrote that he had seen all the news, tags, and comments on social media for the past few days and that he “deeply regrets the times in my life when my actions contributed to the problem where I’ve got out of line or not speaking out in favor of what was right. “
“I understand that in these and many other moments I came up short and benefited from a system that tolerates misogyny and racism,” he said in the post.
The documentary, “Framing Britney Spears,” which premiered on Hulu and FX on February 5, contained a review of the worldwide response to the Timberlake and Spears split, which the media identified as Spears’ fault – in part because of a music video von Timberlake implied that Spears had betrayed him. It contained a clip from a radio interview with Timberlake in which he was asked if he was having sex with Spears and he replied, “OK, yes I did” and exclaimed cheers.
The documentary called for direct apologies on social media from many people who joked at Spears’ expense or interviewed her in a way that is now viewed as insensitive, sexist, or simply unfair. But one of the most famous excuses fans were looking for was from Timberlake; others answered and asked, “What about Janet Jackson?”
The mea culpa finally landed.
“I would like to specifically apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson individually because I care for and respect these women and know that I have failed,” said Timberlake’s post. “Because of my ignorance, I didn’t realize it for all of what it was while it was happening in my own life, but I never want to benefit from others being dragged down again.”
After the Super Bowl halftime show, Timberlake apologized to the program audience and “anyone who was offended”. At the Grammy Awards that followed the Super Bowl that year, he won two awards and apologized for the “unintentional” incident. Years later, in an interview with MTV, he said: “There could have been ways I could have done it and dealt with it better.”