Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Britney Spears & Janet Jackson.
The singer alluded to what he called a music industry inherently skewed to favor white men.
In the week since the documentary Framing Britney Spears debuted on FX and Hulu, a rising chorus of voices within the media and on the web have involved the singer’s former boyfriend Justin Timberlake to apologize for his treatment of Spears at the time of their 2002 break-up.
On Friday (Feb. 12), because the online outrage over the Spears documentary continued to boil, Timberlake issued a lengthy apology to both Spears and Janet Jackson in an Instagram post.
In the film, the then-21-year-old “Better Days” singer is seen acting sort of a cad within the wake of the couple’s much-publicized split, making jokes about their sex life in several interviews and casting a Brit-a-like within the damning video for his breakup anthem”Cry Me a River.”
In the midst of that conversation, variety of articles and fellow stars have asked why Timberlake has never addressed his behavior toward Spears, also because the seeming pass he got from the music industry and media within the wake of “Nipple-gate” — the fall-out from his Super Bowl halftime performance with Jackson in 2004 during which he exposed his co-star’s breast on live television in what was later deemed a “wardrobe malfunction.” Following the incident, Jackson was uninvited from the subsequent week’s Grammy Awards and her videos were yanked from Viacom properties including MTV, CBS and Infinity Broadcasting.
Timberlake, though, not only appeared at the Grammys, but was allowed to issue an apology at the event, then went on to headline the SB halftime show in 2018, while Jackson has never been invited back.
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and that i want to reply ,” Timberlake said. “I am deeply pitying the days in my life where my actions contributed to the matter , where I spoke out of turn, or didn’t speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism. I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually because I look after and respect these women and that i know I failed.”
Timberlake said he was compelled to reply to the backlash partially because “everyone involved deserves better and most significantly , because this is often a bigger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be a part of and grow from.” The 39-year-old father of two young boys then wrote that the music industry is “flawed,” which it sets men, “especially white men,” up for fulfillment .
Framing is usually focused on dissecting the strict conservatorship Spears has been under since 2008. The film also delves into the usually sexist way the media and popular culture treated the singer at the height of her early 2000s career, especially the often-cruel judgement and harassment she faced at a time when she was reportedly affected by psychological state issues.
“It’s designed this manner . As a person during a privileged position I even have to be vocal about this,” he continued. “Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it had been while it had been happening in my very own life but I don’t what to ever enjoy others being pulled down again.” Timberlake admitted that he has not been “perfect” in navigating the murky waters of privilege during his career, but hoped that his apology was a primary step, acknowledging that it doesn’t absolve his past.
“I want to require accountability for my very own missteps altogether of this also as be a part of a world that uplifts and supports,” he concluded. “I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people i really like and have loved. I can do better and that i will do better.”
A spokesperson for Timberlake couldn’t be reached for further comment at press time; spokespeople for Jackson and Spears had also not skilled requests for comment at press time.