Justin Timberlake calls joke video featuring homeless people "distasteful"
Justin Timberlake took a little time out from his honeymoon on Friday to apologize for the video that caused a wave of outrage this week, saying that he's "deeply sorry" for the "distasteful" clip.
In an open letter on his official website, Timberlake clarifies that the video was not, contrary to earlier reports, shown at his wedding to actress Jessica Biel, and that he "had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it."
The video, which depicted homeless people in Los Angeles offering their best wishes to the newlyweds, was reportedly made by Timberlake's friend, real-estate agent Justin Huchel.
While calling the video "silly," "unsavory" and "distasteful," Timberlake insisted that it "was made as a joke and not in any way in mockery," and called it "a lapse in judgment."
"I want to be very clear… I am NOT defending the video," Timberlake wrote. "I agree with the overall consensus … 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."
As for the creator of the video? Timberlake vowed that justice will be dispensed.
"P.S. You can bet your ass that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service," Timberlake ended the letter. "Boom."
The video, which was leaked and initially published on Gawker (it has since been taken down), drew disappointed reactions across the Twitterverse, such as, "Good to know the ultra-rich of Hollywood don't mind making fun of the homeless" and "Making fun of unstable homeless people is not funny, no matter who the joke is supposed to pertain to…"
← Previous Story