We were all pretty turned off by that "joke" video of homeless people Justin Huchel "gifted" Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel for their wedding. Tackiest wedding gift, ever. You win, Huchel! It sure didn't make JT and Jessica look good. If they wanted to, they could have just had their publicist send out a bland message clarifying that the video was made by someone else and in no way represents their own views, bla bla bla. But that's not good enough for Timberlake. He wants us to know exactly how offensive he found that video.
Justin Timberlake has apologized for the video -- even though he didn't make it. It's a long, heart-felt apology. And it goes really far. He's forcing his friend to do community service, too!
In an open letter on his website, Timberlake says, "I'd like to start off by saying that I don't live my life making fun of people ... Especially, those who are less fortunate or those in need." Then he goes on to clarify a few things. First of all -- he had no freakin' idea this video was even happening and definitely didn't contribute to it. Also, contrary to rumor, the video was not shown at his wedding.
Loyal guy that he is, he also says his friends are not bad people -- they just had a "lapse in judgement." And the video is offensive, no doubt about it. But he doesn't think it was intended to be. So that's a tricky position. He recognizes that the video was unacceptable, but he's not ending a friendship over it. And then here is the best part:
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.
AWW! Even though he didn't make the thing, he's still holding himself accountable. What a mensch! That is really, really cool. We hear a lot of non-apologies these days. Way too many, in fact. But this? This was a real apology. And Justin really went further than he needed to. He took an embarrassing, offensive incident and turned it into a learning moment for us all. But you know what? I was wrong. This was the best part of his open letter:
P.S. You can bet your ass that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service ... Boom.
What do you think about how Justin Timberlake handled the homeless video scandal?
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