By the time you read this article, you may not be able to view the video I've included -- because there are a team of lawyers hustling to have it removed from the Internet. Why does anyone care about this short clip that was reportedly shown during Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's lavish wedding in southern Italy last week? Well, according to the cease-and-desist letter, Timberlake's buddy made the video as a "private joke," and it's a protected copyrighted work, and no portion of it was "ever intended for public exhibition," and ...
And, well, it's incredibly embarrassing for Timberlake and Biel. Considering it was shown at their multimillion-dollar wedding, which guests were flown to via private jet and stayed at a $1,000-plus a night Italian resort -- and the video features down-and-out homeless people being asked to wish the newlyweds well.
The video was created by Timberlake's longtime friend, Los Angeles real estate agent Justin Huchel, and the gag was to use homeless people from LA to issue confused, woozy, and occasionally incoherent congratulations to the couple. ‘Greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn’t make it,’ reads the opening title card, before cutting to a toothless man who says, "Justin and Jessica, I haven't seen you for a long time. I hope the wedding goes fine for you. My gift is in the mail," while cheery music plays in the background.
Here's a 20-second cut of the clip (it repeats, for some reason):
Gawker has the entire eight-and-a-half-minute video, which features street interviews with 10 different people, some of which are "obviously intoxicated, mentally ill, or both, and at least one of them is entirely incapable of speaking."
Apparently the film was shown to guests at the wedding, according to Huchel's lawyer, who is threatening a lawsuit against Gawker.
So, okay. If Gawker is in the possession of a stolen video, and is not only refusing to return it, but actually releasing content from it, they totally suck for doing so. (I realize I'm officially complicit in this shitty behavior by sharing the clip here, by the way.) If Timberlake and Biel had no idea that this video even existed, and it was shown without their approval, then they can't be blamed for it.
But I can sure pass judgement on the guy who made it, and for any of the insanely wealthy guests who sat there and laughed themselves silly at the hilarious concept of homeless people who, you know, couldn't quite make the trip to Justin Timberlake's $6.5 million wedding. I'm not sure what the newlyweds' public reaction to this is going to be -- if they even choose to acknowledge it -- but I'd say a strategically-timed donation or two couldn't hurt.
What do you think about the video?
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