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20 Times Justin Timberlake Was Problematic But Wasn't Called Out On It

This message is for Justin Timberlake: KEEP. BRITNEY'S. NAME. OUT. YA. MOUTH!

1. When Justin accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's nipple at Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show (aka Nipplegate) and then was asked to perform in Super Bowl LII's halftime show:

Frank Micelotta / Getty Images, Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Meanwhile, Janet has not been asked to perform in a Super Bowl halftime show since Nipplegate.

2. Then, in that same year, when Justin was allowed to attend the 2004 Grammy Awards — and issue a public apology — but Janet Jackson was not allowed to attend:

Justin Timberlake holding up his two Grammy awards
Hector Mata / Getty Images

The double standard is PALPABLE!

3. When Justin was asked if he "fucked Britney Spears" on a radio show and boastfully responded with, "OK, yeah I did it!"

Dave Hogan / Getty Images

I am disgusted.

4. When Justin released his "Cry Me a River" music video that was, very obviously, a response to his breakup with Britney:

Justin Timberlake watching a mysterious blonde woman showering in "Cry Me A River"
Jive

Why he's watching her shower...is still a mystery?

5. When Justin then released his "What Goes Around...Comes Around" music video about a girl he "was ready to [give] his name" and resulted in her dying in a car crash after their relationship ended:

Images from "What Goes Around...Comes Around"
Jive

"Tale as old as time, girl you got what you deserved." UM, WHAT?

6. When Justin was caught holding hands with his Palmer costar, Alisha Wainwright, while Jessica Biel was pregnant with their second child:

7. When Justin released his pop single "Take Back the Night," which is also the name of a prominent anti-rape organization:

Screenshot from Justin Timberlake's Take Back The Night music video
RCA

He later issued an apology, stating that he'd never heard of the organization and "that neither [his] song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization."

8. When Justin responded to Jesse Williams' speech about police brutality with "we are the human race":

I forget this forum sometimes... I was truly inspired by @iJesseWilliams speech because I really do feel that we are all one... A human race

Twitter: @jtimberlake

Williams' speech was after he was honored with the BET Humanitarian Award.

9. When Justin imitated Rihanna's mother's Bajan accent as he accepted his AMA for Best Male Soul/R&B artist:

View this video on YouTube

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"How cute Rihanna's mom is? She's so proud."

10. When Justin allegedly called out Prince in "Give It to Me" with the lyrics: We missed you on the charts last week, damn, that's right, you wasn't there / Now if sexy never left, then why is everybody on my shit? / Don't hate on me just because you didn't come up with it...

Justin Timberlake and Timbaland in the Give It To Me music video
Interscope

This was allegedly in response to Justin releasing his single "SexyBack" and Prince stating, "For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy 'back,' sexy never left!"

11. When Justin accepted the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture on Prince's behalf and stooped lower — imitating his 5'2" stature — to accept:

Golden Globes

Unnecessary.

12. When Justin brought out a hologram of Prince during this Super Bowl halftime performance even though the singer stated, before his death, that the whole practice was "demonic":

Prince is projected on a large screen as Justin Timberlake performs on stage during the Super Bowl LII halftime show
Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images

See: above.

13. Then, to add salt to the wound, when Justin hosted his Man of the Woods listening party at Paisley Park, Prince's former "creative sanctuary and production complex":

Issa Rae, Justin Timberlake, Ciara, and Russell Wilson posing for a picture
Christopher Polk / Getty Images

See: above and above.

14. When Justin dedicated this #TIMESUP/#WhyWeWearBlack IG post to his "hot wife":

15. When Justin kissed Jessica Simpson to win a bet with Ryan Gosling:

Jessica Simpson on Jimmy Kimmel
ABC

"I knew Justin Timberlake very well. ... After my divorce and he was out of a relationship, he was over at my house and we shared a nostalgic kiss. And I thought, 'Oh, this is interesting.' [But then] he took his phone out and started typing...apparently him and Ryan Gosling had a bet on who would kiss me first when they were 12 years old, and so he texted Ryan to say that he won the bet."

16. When Justin kept cutting SZA off while she was answering a question that Ellen asked her DIRECTLY, and did so using a "black-cent":

SZA and Justin Timberlake on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Warner Bros.

17. When Justin made this out-of-pocket comment about "having your cake and eating it too" while working on a project with Woody Allen:

@jtimberlake The saying means, for example, you can’t support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time. You can’t retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. - eating the cake).

Twitter: @RealDylanFarrow

ICYMI, Dylan Farrow is the stepdaughter of Woody Allen, i.e. the "sexual predator" in question.

18. When Justin shaded Vegas residencies, saying it's like "...you're planning your retirement. You know what I mean?"

Britney Spears performing at her Vegas residency
Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Of course, Britney had one of the most successful Vegas residencies in recent history.

19. When Justin inducted Madonna into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and felt the need to say this in his speech: "The world has always been full of Madonna wannabes. I might have even dated a couple."

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Christopher Polk / FilmMagic

Somehow, in a speech celebrating a phenomenal woman, he tears down other women...

20. And, let us not forget, the infamous interview with Barbara Walters:

Justin Timberlake interviewing with Barbara Walters
ABC

Did Barbara interview Britney after their public breakup? The answer is no.

There you have it folks! Do with this information what you will.

US Weekly

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