This combination photo shows from left Janet Jackson at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 8, 2018, from left Justin Timberlake during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 52 soccer game in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018, and Britney Spears performing during her concert in Taipei, Taiwan on June 13, 2017. (AP Photo)
Alandria Brown, second from left, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, sits with William Henry of Los Angeles, far left, and other Britney Spears supporters before a pop singer’s conservatory trial at the Stanley Mosk Courhouse, Thursday, Feb. 11. 2021 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)
By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – In a lengthy social media post, Justin Timberlake says he wants to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson “because I care for and respect these women and know that I have failed”.
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I’m very sorry for the times in my life when my actions added to the problem, when I did not speak properly, or did not speak to me.” understand that I came up short in these and many other moments and benefited from a system that tolerates misogyny and racism, “he wrote on Friday.
Timberlake’s social media post comes a week after the release of The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney, the FX and Hulu documentary that takes a historical look at the circumstances that led to Spears’ Conservatory in 2008, and the #FreeBritney movement of fans who want them to be freed from it and take control of their lives. The documentary aired an old interview when Timberlake talked about sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, pointing out that he was mocking her by doing a look-a-like for his music video, “Cry Me a River.”
Fans called on Timberlake to contribute to Spears’ very public breakdown and control the narrative of the end of their relationship.
More setbacks struck Timberlake when social media recalled the wardrobe malfunction with Jackson that sparked national controversy at the 2004 Super Bowl. Some have argued that Jackson, as a black woman, fell victim to racist and sexist double standards and was treated harsher than Timberlake as a white man, and that he benefited from the “privilege of white men.”