Justin Timberlake was caught liking tweets mocking Janet Jackson on Twitter last Monday.
In recent weeks, the #FreeBritney saga hit its peak when it led to the exemplary documentary Framing Britney Spears by the New York Times premiering on Hulu. The piece documents Britney Spears’ life chronicling how the media objectified and scrutinized her during her peak visibility as a pop star. The documentary has levied an outpour of remorse from fans. Their sentiments and bombarding message towards Justin Timberlake on how he sabotaged her career while ‘slut-shaming’ her during their break-up. Timberlake seemingly amplified his career while using his break-up to propel his fame which he similarly benefitted from during his connection to the 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction with Janet Jackson. Justin Timberlake ‘allegedly’ issued an apology on Instagram via Apple Notes which addresses both Janet Jackson and Britney Spears:
‘I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism’ Timberlake continues, ‘I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both, individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.’Justin Timberlake via Instagram
On Monday, a video tweeted by Twitter user @mistergeezy, captions: ‘Look how Justin Timberlake was capitalizing off of Janet Jackson’s misfortune’ which is a video of Timberlake performing lyrics “Maybe I’m an asshole / Oops, did I take it too far / Super Bowl” grabbing his shirt open to depict the infamous incident which he grabbed too much of Janet Jackson’s Alexander McQueen stage costume during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. The tweet appeared in the ‘Likes’ section of Justin Timberlake’s official Twitter page captured by fans on Twitter days after his ‘apology’ to Janet and Britney. The video now has passed 1.1 million views on Twitter.
Timberlake’s team was reached out by Jackson’s which then were claims of ‘photoshop’ but there are multiple instances of multiple screenshots proving different time stamps of the tweet appearing in his likes. Once the tweet was discovered by fans in his ‘Liked by’ section publicly it was unliked after uproar ensued on Twitter.
TMZ falsely reported and multiple sources afterwards that Justin Timberlake’s apology sent Janet Jackson’s 1986 hit album back to No. 1 when, in fact, the album went No. 1 on Feb. 6, Thursday while celebrating the 35th anniversary of her iconic breakthrough album Control. Timberlake’s apology didn’t appear until Feb. 13th.
Timberlake does not appear sorry for his actions and his behavior is apparent that his public relations team wrote that response to the Framing Britney documentary, not Justin Timberlake personally.
Terrell Johnson is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of SWGRUS.