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Justin Timberlake Writes Apology Letter For Homeless Wedding Video

Justin Timberlake Writes Apology Letter For Homeless Wedding Video

Justin Timberlake has released a letter explaining the situation surrounding the video that was reportedly screened at his wedding to Jessica Biel, which portrayed Los Angeles homeless people in an unsavory light.

“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,” the 31-year-old entertainer wrote on his website.

“I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it. My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I’m sure no one who is reading this is exempt from,” Justin wrote. “But, I don’t believe it was made to be insensitive. More so, I think it was made as a joke on me not having that many friends attending my own wedding(which IS kind of funny if you think about it).”

“Like many silly rumors that I have been made aware of about the week: It was NOT shown at my wedding,” Justin added. “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.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Justin Timberlake’s open apology?

Click inside to read the letter in its entirety…

To my family, friends, and fans:

The last time I wrote a letter like this, it was when I had the good fortune of attending a once in a lifetime experience by sharing an evening with some of America’s finest at the Marine Corps Ball about a year ago. I was so moved by that night, I wanted to share it with everyone. Unfortunately, this letter holds a different kind of weight for me.

Normally, as some of you know, I am (by nature) a pretty private person. So, I don’t really take it upon myself to comment on things that so often go misunderstood or something that has even shed any kind of dark light on what was and will always be one of the most special weeks of my life. But, in light of the recent events, I can’t fight the urge to clarify my thoughts and feelings on what has been a very upsetting portrayal of the people closest to me and myself. It’s not who I am as a professional or as a man.

I can’t help but think of one of the many great life lessons my Grandfather has taught me… He told me when I was younger that “Sometimes, you are confronted with challenges in life that perhaps are not your own. And, when those moments arise, the right thing for a man to do is accept that responsibility, whatever it may be, and face it with honesty and humility.”

So, I’m taking his advice. If for no other reason, than to clear the air so no one has to ever wonder how I feel about it.

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. 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…)”

As it pertains to this silly, unsavory video that was made as a joke and not in any way in mockery:

1. I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it.

2. My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I’m sure no one who is reading this is exempt from. But, I don’t believe it was made to be insensitive. More so, I think it was made as a joke on me not having that many friends attending my own wedding(which IS kind of funny if you think about it).

3. Like many silly rumors that I have been made aware of about the week: It was NOT shown at my wedding.

4. I think we can all agree that it was distasteful, even though that was not it’s intention.

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 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.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts. It really is a blessing to be able to speak directly to my true fans so that you can know exactly where I stand.

-Justin

P.S. You can bet your ass that I’m having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service… Boom.

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96 Responses to “Justin Timberlake Writes Apology Letter For Homeless Wedding Video”

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  1. 1
    cami Says:

    “My friends are good people”? what kinda people joke about this? people just like JT, who thinks he’s better than everybody. ugh

  2. 2
    Girlfriend please Says:

    Justin Timberlake is a douche bag, he will continue being so. This is immature, cruel, and classless. Just because you’re very fortunate in life, doesn’t mean you have to ridicule homeless people.

    Jessica Biel, your dress was hideous, by the way!

  3. 3
    ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS Says:

    ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    they can hear, and see what your visually thinking
    this is the absolute complete truth!!!!!
    .
    The reason a lot of Asians have completely expressionless faces, segregate from everybody else-only associate with Asians and don’t associate with non Asians that much, are very untalkative, and are very unfriendly in general is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they don’t like, find astonishing, or funny etc because those people might see that and really wonder what that was that just happened there and see the connection, and they might accidentally say something similar to what the person was just thinking and going to say. If they all associated with non Asians a lot more then there would be a lot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those people think things they don’t like etc, so they segregate and only associate with Asians so there won’t be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place.
    .
    Try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something absolutely wild as you possibly can when you are around Asians, and try looking for Asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason.
    .
    I know this may sound crazy, impossible and unbelievable, BUT IT ISN’T CRAZY WHEN IT’S TRUE
    .
    YOU HAVE TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE!!!!!!!
    THE WORLD HAS TO KNOW THIS!!!!!!!

  4. 4
    ks Says:

    Great friends you have there JT. Just as arrogant as you!

  5. 5
    anne Says:

    ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

  6. 6
    Girlfriend please Says:

    How much you guys want to bet, Justin Timberlake’s PR are doing damage control… How long, before Justin “donates the money to a charity dealing with shelter/homeless people?” IT WON’T BE GENUINE!

  7. 7
    try again Says:

    Birds of a feather, Justin.

  8. 8
    anne Says:

    He is immature!

  9. 9
    Anna Says:

    We all know Justin laughed along with all of his millionaire friends, thinking they were better than the people in that disgusting and humiliating video. They only got to be where they are beacuse they were lucky enough to have had oppotunuties that very few ever have. Not because they are special or more intresting than us ‘mere mortals’ but just luckier. Rich and famous people need to remember that they are no better than anyone else just because they have money. I have a feeling that both Justin and Jessica have lost a lot of fans becuase of this. Decent people dont like ‘jokes’ like this. For me personally it will always cast a shadow over them whenever i see them in magazines or on T.V.

  10. 10
    DB Says:

    He is still such a douche bag even in an apology!!! He basically made his “apology” a joke….and about himself (as usual)

  11. 11
    Tony Says:

    Girlfriend please, I always look forward to your comments lol…

  12. 12
    EM Says:

    RME

    My goodness…Justin, you shoudln’t have done this. It’s YOUR freaking wedding day. You can do whatever you want and people have no idea what the context of the video was intended to be.

    I wouldn’t have said crap.

    This is why the man kept stuff private. Comedians publicly insult weight, education, class, etc. You either like it or are offended but a person should be able to do what they please at their own wedding. Gheesh.

  13. 13
    Tony Says:

    @EM:

    “This is why the man kept stuff private.”

    Um, he sold his wedding pictures for 3 magazines!

  14. 14
    Samantha Says:

    @ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS:

    So that’s why the Asians waiter at the Chinese restaurant keeps looking at me funny when I think things I find funny! I am freaked out now!!!!

  15. 15
    porkfrieddrice Says:

    he should have just said like lilo would have that there is no video … his apology sounds so phony like him

  16. 16
    Nancy Drewblood Says:

    There wedding will always be known as “the wedding with the homeless people” I guess money really can’t buy class, huh Justin?

  17. 17
    Jesus Says:

    Actually… When Justin Timberlake was in Stockholm with Jessica Biel, not only did they NOT sign autographs for the fans waiting for them outside the hotel (which is fine) although what is not fine is that they appearantly were throwing strawberries at the fans waiting outside… So yeah, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake deserve each other. They are both douchebags.

  18. 18
    lori Says:

    People please…..this is the type of scandal that will cost this fine actor and Oscar. No……..I can’t even type that with a straight face.

  19. 19
    Ava Says:

    Is it me or do you sense guilt in this letter? I feel like he’s trying to be funny in order to compensate how guilty he feels. He also feels a bit embarrassed because he got caught. He doesn’t feel bad about the homeless people, just probably feeling exposed bc the world knows he laughs at those below him and he’s not remorseful about it at all… It’s more of a “top 10 reasons why I’m not a douche like everyone expects me to be”

  20. 20
    Kim Says:

    If he was so upset by the video contents, why was he laughing? By all accounts, Justin laughed the hardest at his reception. The only reason why Justin is coming forward with this “I’m Sorry” because the backlash is hurting his popularity. I would NEVER laugh at a video like that, even if my friends created it. Justin is a loser and I am glad he is being called out for the loser he is!

  21. 21
    nemo Says:

    oh, Justin, dear, this so-called-apology is more BS than your acting career.

  22. 22
    xiopio Says:

    The video was tasteless, and inappropriate for sure. But why is he being crucified for something he had no control of? I’m sure he’s hating the fact that such a beautiful day for him is marred by this unfortunate event, and he had nothing to do with it…I’m sure his friend feels like sh$t!!! Justin is a lot of things and rubs people the wrong way, ok I get that, but clearly this was not his fault in any way shape or form, give the guy a break! (braising myself for all of the thumb downs, I’m prepared!)

  23. 23
    Journalistic Says:

    The friend who made this video must be feeling like a jack ass now… In my opinion, the better PR move would have been to release an apology, have the friend make a generous donation to a homeless shelter, and have Justin match or double the donation.

  24. 24
    bluenose Says:

    I don’t know why Justin married her. He’s gayer than Adam Lambert. Now I know why Jessica got those stupid bangs. She wants to be Carly Rae Jepsen. I see you haven’t yet removed Taylor Swift’s ugly Miss Piggy face from the top of your website. You must be desperate for #hits or readers. What’s the matter? Can’t you compete with that mentally challenged Cuban idiot?

  25. 25
    not buying Says:

    scumbags

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