Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson
On Friday, Justin Timberlake took to his Instagram account and apologized to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears for benefiting “from a system that condones misogyny and racism” following a backlash due to the release of “Framing Britney Spears” documentary.
“The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men up for success. As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this.” Timberlake wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. “Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.”
The New York Times produced the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” and released it on FX and Hulu last week. The documentary focused on the turbulent career of Britney Spears. The documentary also portrayed her fight to remove the conservatorship of her father from her estate. Framing Britney Spears also highlighted the singer’s breakup with the infamous Justin Timberlake. Their breakup made Spear’s a laughing stock and a joke of the community. Whereas, Justin Timberlake’s career gained immense success and popularity.
Following his breakup with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake launched his career as a solo singer and in that album, he portrayed Britney Spears as a cheater and him, as a romantic person hopelessly in love. Whereas, TV shows hosts and columnists often portrayed Britney Spears in a negative light on the media platforms.
Super Bowl Weekend coincided with the release of the documentary and many Twitter users tweeted the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay to show support to the singer in regards to her “wardrobe malfunction” that occurred during her 2004 performance with the singer, Justin Timberlake. During Janet Jackson’s halftime performance with Timberlake, her breast was exposed, and as a result of this incident, her career faced immense consequences.
Not only was she pulled from all the radio stations and Viacom channels, but in the following weeks, she was also banned from performing in the Grammy awards show. However, Justin Timberlake’s performance was not removed nor was he banned from performing in the show.
Justin Timberlake wrote on Friday, “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right.” He added I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.” He also addressed the flawed music industry by saying “It sets men, especially white men up for success. As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this.”
Justin Timberlake wrote on his Instagram post, “I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past.” He added, “I was to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be a part of a world that uplifts and supports.”
Opinion on the Apology by Martone
Imagine that you are a kid in school, and you did something terrible to your classmate. First, your teachers get involved, then your parents are called and then you are called to the principal’s office to have a discussion about your behavior. This is exactly what we have here – Twitter, and the rest of social media are the teachers and the principal, and Justin Timberlake had soon found out.
Apologies are nice, sometimes. I could not help but wonder why did it take 17, that’s right 1-7 yeaaaars to apologize to Janet Jackson? It would have been nice for both Janet and Britney to receive these apologies without Timberlake being prompted by the backlash from the public. Apologies that are pressured are insincere – that is just my opinion.
Any true fan of Janet’s know what she had to endure during that period of her life. What we know is that Janet had suffered major damage to her music career that lasted well over a decade. But she has proven to be an overcomer and persevered no matter those that tried to keep her down (Les Moonves).
I am sure that Janet has moved on, but many of her core fans have not. Some have taken to social media to let Justin Timberlake have it. Personally, I am glad that he apologized. But do I believe the apology, is another question? Apologies without action mean nothing. So, we will look at Justin’s actions in the future to see if he will stand up for ALL WOMEN, and getting a little bit more involved with causes that fight against racism and misogyny. If you say, that you are sorry, I need you to prove it.
Janet released a statement over the weekend. Thanking her fans. Other outlets had said that this was in response to Timberlake’s apology. To me it was very clear what she said, there was no mention of his apology. Janet has moved on, a long time ago.
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