Phew! For a second there we thought we had a Secret Gibson* on our hands. Justin Timberlake had maintained an uncomfortable radio silence until now about that leaked homeless video made by his friend Justin Huchel for the Biel/Timberlake wedding. We knew we shouldn’t have doubted him so quickly! Timberlake posted an incredibly thoughtful apology letter to his website, the care and detail of which should be a template for other celebrity apologies. Seriously, TMZ should just have a PDF available for download at all times. So why was Justin’s apology such a baller one? Well, let’s see…
1) Justin didn’t actually know about the tape: Thank god, right? “I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it,” he clarifies. “Like many silly rumors that I have been made aware of about the week: It was NOT shown at my wedding.”
2) Justin actually apologizes: You know how some public apologies sound like, “Sorry you were offended by NOTHING, I guess. You idiots!” Not Justin’s. “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.”
3) Justin confirms that the video is weird and inappropriate, even while trying to sort of dig his friend out of a terrifically big social hole “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,” he writes. “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.”
4) Justin still has a sense of humor about the fact this odd incident overshadowed his wedding: “You can bet your ass that I’m having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service… Boom,” he concludes.
Now let us channel his bride Jessica Biel and say, “Let us never speak of this again. Now put my dress back on and dance to ‘Dirty Pop’ again, Justin! This is still our honeymoon, after all!”
*Secret Gibson: a celebrity who’s biased and/or hateful beliefs come to the surface due to a scandal, those lowering our opinion of them and preventing us from ever really enjoying What Women Want ever again, no matter how many times it’s played on TBS.