“Alexa play ‘Too Little Too Late’ by JoJo” a fan wrote in Justin Timberlake’s comments after he finally apologized to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. Of course, this is hardly the worst comment that the “Mirrors” singer has received in the past few days. Ever since the documentary Framing Britney Spears released to the public, Timberlake has received a bevy of messages about how he’s treated his ex-girlfriend throughout his career.
Justin Timberlake was called out in the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary
Though Timberlake is married to 7th Heaven alum, Jessica Biel, between 1998 and 2002, he and Spears were the industry’s royal couple. Unfortunately, as Framing Britney Spears detailed, the pair had a pretty messy breakup. Rumors swirled that Spears had cheated on Timberlake and he helped them along by hiring a Spears lookalike for his Cry Me a River music video which depicted her cheating.
Janet Jackson received the brunt of the Super Bowl Halftime Show backlash
Because Timberlake’s behavior was called out in the documentary, people also continued to bring up other instances where his treatment of women was less than ideal. One of the most memorable was when he performed alongside Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. A wardrobe malfunction caused Timberlake to expose Jackson’s breast to the world on live TV. While Jackson was raked over the coals for this faux pas, Timberlake’s career never suffered at all.
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond,” Timberlake wrote in a statement which he posted to his social media pages. “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.”
Timberlake finally apologized to Spears and Jackson
The “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” singer then went on to extend his apologiesto Jackson and Spears. “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,” Timberlake wrote. “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be a part of and grow from.”
Naturally, the Internet has mixed reactions to Timberlake’s belated apologies. Some people, of course, are commending the singer for his apology. “Very noble first step. Keep going. We fans appreciate the accountability,” one person wrote on Instagram.
Instagram users react to the apology
Other people, however, felt that Timberlake’s apology has come too late, many years after significant damage has been done. “Alexa, play too little too late by Jojo,” one Instagram user penned. Other people added that the actor was only speaking out because he was receiving backlash and thus his apology felt disingenuous.
“Where was this energy before #framingbritneyspears ? Nowhere to be found because you didn’t care since the NY Times didn’t expose you,” one person on Instagram wrote in response to Timberlake’s statement. “You’re just doing damage control for your career. You had more than 10 years to apologize.”
Is the statement truly too little too late?
Others expressed hope Timberlake personally reached out to both Jackson and Spears to express his apology. Meanwhile, some people felt that his apology rang hollow because he didn’t offer specific examples of the ways in which he had erred. Additionally, some people pointed out Timberlake’s tendency to bring up Spears in interviews and urged him to cease talking about her when it comes time for him to promote his next album. “Also, when your next project is about to drop, keep her name out of your mouth, please. I know it’s hard for you to do.”
Clearly, the Internet has mixed feelings about Timberlake waiting so long to apologize to Spears and Jackson. But, ultimately, it’s up to the uber-talented women to decide whether Timberlake’s apology is truly too little too late.
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