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Justin Timberlake

I'm 'Deeply Sorry' for

'Distasteful' Wedding Video

10/26/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Timberlake
has just issued a formal apology for the "distasteful" wedding video that hit the Internet this week -- seemingly mocking homeless people -- and he's so serious ... he's forcing the guy who made it to do community service.

Justin apologized in an open letter on his website to "clear the air," calling the video that surfaced on the web -- in which real homeless people offer Justin their well-wishes for his wedding -- a "lapse in judgment." (excerpt below)

Justin says the video was NOT actually shown at his wedding, and insists he had NOTHING to do with its creation, but writes, "I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by [it]."



He writes, "I was always taught that we as people, no matter what your race, sex, or stature may be, are equal."

As for the "friends" behind the video, Justin adds -- "My friends are good people. This was clearly 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."

Nevertheless, Justin says, "I think we can all agree that it was distasteful."

Justin ends the letter, writing, "You can bet your ass that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service... Boom."

Click to read the full letter below. 
 

AN OPEN LETTER

To my family, friends, and fans:

The last time I wrote a letter like this, it was when I had the good fortune of attending a once in a lifetime experience by sharing an evening with some of America's finest at the Marine Corps Ball about a year ago. I was so moved by that night, I wanted to share it with everyone. Unfortunately, this letter holds a different kind of weight for me.

Normally, as some of you know, I am (by nature) a pretty private person. So, I don't really take it upon myself to comment on things that so often go misunderstood or something that has even shed any kind of dark light on what was and will always be one of the most special weeks of my life. But, in light of the recent events, I can't fight the urge to clarify my thoughts and feelings on what has been a very upsetting portrayal of the people closest to me and myself. It's not who I am as a professional or as a man.

I can't help but think of one of the many great life lessons my Grandfather has taught me... He told me when I was younger that "Sometimes, you are confronted with challenges in life that perhaps are not your own. And, when those moments arise, the right thing for a man to do is accept that responsibility, whatever it may be, and face it with honesty and humility."

So, I'm taking his advice. If for no other reason, than to clear the air so no one has to ever wonder how I feel about it.

I'd like to start off by saying that 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(maybe this saying doesn't apply to guys who wear kilts. Although, I'm sure they put theirs on the same way too...)"

As it pertains to this silly, unsavory video that was made as a joke and not in any way in mockery:

1. I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it.

2. My friends are good people. This was clearly 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. More so, I think it was made as a joke on me not having that many friends attending my own wedding(which IS kind of funny if you think about it).

3. Like many silly rumors that I have been made aware of about the week: It was NOT shown at my wedding.

4. 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. 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.

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.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts. It really is a blessing to be able to speak directly to my true fans so that you can know exactly where I stand.

-Justin

P.S. You can bet your ass that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service... Boom.

220 COMMENTS

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16.

MoraMore    

it's "distastful" now the public is fully aware of the video. I just hope Justin was laughing when it was aired at his wedding.

624 days ago
17.

oink    

Justin is just "sorry"

624 days ago
18.

ugh..really?     

yea right I'm sure your friends will get right on that community service. now go back to banging biel.

624 days ago
19.

ugh..really?     

"cry me a river!"

624 days ago
20.

devilgirl    

Celebrities and their apologies, once things come back to haunt their reputations, do not interest me in the least.

624 days ago
21.

Thomas Jefferson    

birds of a feather flock together

624 days ago
22.

Ruben    

Why is JT apologizing? He didn't make the video and wasn't aware of it. It wasn't even aired at the wedding in this article... his friend needs to apologize though. It was a lapse in judgement but to blame JT is ignorant. I'm glad I'm not held responsible for what my friends do or for what they have done!

624 days ago
23.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

The people who hate on J.T. are just jealous haters. I hate boy bands, but J.T. seems like a really decent guy. I have never heard or seen him do anything that I wouldn't do myself. Could be your brother. These people talking ****e are just ignorant.

624 days ago
24.

WhoCares    

Nothing more than damage control. Face it folks. These people don't give a rat's ass about anyone but themselves and their elite friends.

624 days ago
25.

Jen    

He's deeply sorry that the video got out into the public but that is it...

624 days ago
26.

kitnplayn    

Put your money where your mouth is. Stream video of his community service for the full 100 hours.

624 days ago
27.

BB not bb    

I guess that is how celebrities get to be famous, the give in whenever they are questioned on their integrity. I think it would have been classier to stick by a friend who made a video to give you a nice wedding gift, but maybe show biz comes before relationships to some people.


I think there was nothing wrong with the video at all. I think it gave some people pocket money that they wouldn't otherwise have had. By saying that these people were shamed and made to look like fools just for being themselves is the real insult.


Eddie looked like he turned his life around since making the video. The shirtless guy was smiling and the transvestite was getting attention, which is what they like. So who really was hurt here?


Hey I am sorry friend, but your wedding gift was in poor taste. After making a public announcement to that effect, he is going to make the man do community service also, like he is teaching his child. Talk about insulting people.


Now the pack of rabid whiners can go look for another leg to gnaw on. Justin just threw them the bone they wanted to get himself free.

624 days ago
28.

Zorbitor    

Maybe you should run for Governor, your honor.

624 days ago
29.

Rembo    

So Justin, how about doing something for the people in the video who could use your help. The video used them shamelessly, so how about doing something to help them out.
(P.S. to Justin & Company: NOBODY thinks this video shows just a "lapse in judgement" -- it's a denigrating, smartass hit on poor unfortunates that took a lot of time, and was vetted by many people during production.)

624 days ago
30.

Dino     

Well Justin not apologies is needed. At least he got married already, so done deal in another hand other people who love to get marry just can't so they still fighting for their rights !!! Equally marriage for all !

624 days ago
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