Timberlake 'deeply sorry' for 'distasteful' video
Posted October 26, 2012
Justin Timberlake says he's "deeply sorry" for the "distasteful," "unsavory" and "silly" video that went viral this week — in which homeless people in Hollywood congratulate the singer and new wife Jessica Biel.
In a rare open letter posted to his website, Timberlake calls the 8-minute clip, shot by his friends — "good people" — 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." That said, he writes, "I think we can all agree that it was distasteful.
"I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video," he adds.
The newlywed also insists he knew nothing about it: "I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it," and that, contrary to reports, it was not shown at his wedding. "But, I do understand the reaction and, by association, I am holding myself accountable."
And the friend who filmed it: "You can bet your (vulgarity) that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service... Boom."
Timberlake gets philosophical at points: "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.' "
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