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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.

219 COMMENTS

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46.

YdoIreadthisstuff    

Justin, You aren't the law. You can't make anybody do community service. What you should do instead is help those 2 homeless people.

698 days ago
47.

Cheryl A.    

Too little, too late. You and your wife and your friends are MAJOR jerks!

698 days ago
48.

soberandsmober    

He's going to make his friend do community service? Who does this cat think he is? What a prick. Oh, and the letter? Who cares, the fact that you keep company with people who would even think to do something like this speaks volumes. Ugh, Justin and Jessica are awful. She's a personality-less doormat and he's a narcissistic jerk.

698 days ago
49.

meh...    

"...Boom." oh god, whattadouche

698 days ago
50.

Jim in Cali    


Total spin written by some PR flack.

698 days ago
51.

Marie    

Try any decent human being is offended. He's only sorry he was caught. I'm so sick of these people doing whatever they want then getting buy with it with their fans by saying "lapse of judgement" and "apology". I'm even sicker that so many people around my get sucked into believing the apology. This was not a slip of the tongue. It took time and planning. Yes, his friend did it, but we usually hang with "like minded" people.

698 days ago
52.

dd    

Time to get new "friends"!

698 days ago
53.

Greygoose125    

That jerk-off friend should be the one apologizing, but sooner or later, karma has a way of catching up with you.

698 days ago
54.

No comment    

I am really disappointed in him and Jessica. To know they have such snobbish friends, makes you realize they are likely the same way. The good in this has been my feeling of needing to reach out more who are less fortunate than me. (I live paycheck to paycheck). This holiday season I will volunteering to help feed those in need. I am sure B&J will just write a check to get this off their conscience.

698 days ago
55.

kim is a publicity whore    

have the guy do community service? ummm why not offer to give the homeless guy money?
cmon JT.

698 days ago
56.

Dick    

Boom...he seems sincere.

698 days ago
57.

Erin921    

I am really glad that I am not a celebrity because there were things done at my wedding that were "distasteful", and those things private... because it was my wedding. I think it's tacky that this came out, and sad that he actually had to write an apology for what his friends did at his wedding. It was no one's business to begin with...Jessica Biel finally got this kid to commit and now they have to worry about the details being splashed all over the news even after they sold the pictures and story to multiple magazines? What's the matter? No one wants to reveal what brand of underwear JT wore that day or what possion they used to consumate? No one can judge them on this.. that isn't fair.

698 days ago
58.

Mia    

Justin's a liar. He doesn't view everyone as equals. We had some friends in common back in his NSYNC days and he thought he was better than anyone not in his circle. As for his friends being good people....another lie. Back then, his so called best friend Trace used to try selling people Justin's bedsheets, underwear, and other items. How is that a good person?? You don't take advantage of a friend like that.

698 days ago
59.

chaozz    

**** people where is your sense of humor.

698 days ago
60.

rockey    

wooo first!

698 days ago
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