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Justin Timberlake responds to friend’s homeless wedding video in an open letter

Timberlake: “I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video.” (Timothy Hiatt/GETTY IMAGES)

In the letter, the “In Time” star manages to apologize while also acknowledging that there are several misconceptions about the situation. He also tells his fans that, contrary to what the video of homeless people congratulating Timberlake and Biel on their recent nuptials may suggest, he is sensitive to people living in poverty.

“I'd like to start off by saying that I don't live my life making fun of people (unless, of course, I'm making fun of myself on SNL)... Especially, those who are less fortunate or those in need,” he writes. “I grew up with a family and community that instilled ideals in me like hard work, honesty and empathy. As a matter of fact, growing up in Tennessee, I was always taught that we as people, no matter what your race, sex, or stature may be, are equal. We have a saying there that ‘Everyone puts their pants on the same way (maybe this saying doesn’t apply to guys who wear kilts. Although, I'm sure they put theirs on the same way too...).’”

He continues by noting that he made “absolutely ZERO contribution” to the video, which was shot and edited by Timberlake pal Justin Huchel and posted earlier this week on Gawker.

He also says that, contrary to previous reports, the clip was not shown during his wedding in Italy and that “I think we can all agree that it was distasteful, even though that was not it’s [sic] intention.”

He closes by saying:

“Once again, in the world that we live in where everyone thinks that they know everything, I want to be very clear... I am NOT defending the video. I agree with the overall consensus. But, to use another ‘pants’ analogy... It seems that these days, misconception gets around the world before the actual truth even wakes up and gets it’s [sic] pants on.

I want to say that, on behalf of my friends, family, and associative knuckleheads, I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video. Again, it was something that I was not made aware of. But, I do understand the reaction and, by association, I am holding myself accountable.”

There’s also a P.S.: “You can bet your a** that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service... Boom.”

In my view, this was the right response to a video that sent a troubling message, as many noted in Thursday’s Celebritogy Live discussion, but also one that Timberlake wasn’t responsible for making.

Do you agree? Is this apology adequate? Something tells me you will have opinions about this.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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