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Justin Timberlake

I'm 'Deeply Sorry' for

'Distasteful' Wedding Video

10/26/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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. 


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.


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


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lapse in judgement ? we dont know what is in the future for us, you can be on top of the world one day and the next, lose everything. it has happened to alot of people. bob dylan wrote a song about it " like a rolling stone" . part of the song says you used to laugh about every one who was hanging out now you dont laugh so loud, now you dont feel so proud about having to be scrouging for your next meal. dont make fun of people who are in bad times.

690 days ago


The amount of people who believe this PR spin and genuinely think JT is a "good guy" who is handling this in such a "classy" manner, well, it is down right depressing. Are people really that gullible? And I don't believe for one second that it wasn't shown.

690 days ago


And then he offered the Old Toothless Guy
the gift of his D-!-C-K In A Box.

690 days ago


Forcing a friend to do community service is worse than making fun of homeless people.

690 days ago


That was super classy! Love Justin! Haters will always continue to hide behind their computers and do what they do best! I choose to believe that he is truly a cool guy!

690 days ago


I bet this will do more good than harm for the homeless guy in the long run

690 days ago


$300,000.00 wedding photos.
All the good he's probably done behind the scenes is out the window..

690 days ago


Maybe it was trying to show "hollywood" has people down and out, bizzare, etc. Not all glammer and glitz. The other side of Hollywood is very very sad.

690 days ago


gimme a break wasn't that bad at all

690 days ago


But would he be as sorry had this not been leaked? People are always remorseful when they get caught!

690 days ago


BS alert!!!! You are trying to save face and your "imagine"! Nothing more! By the way, $300,000 for photos of a wedding is freakin' HILARIOUS! You obviously need a better accountant, because the one you have is NOT giving you very good advice!

690 days ago


JT may not have made it but his buddies made it for him obvs thinking he was the type of person who would find it funny not sad or offensive. Which says a lot about Timberflake. I've NEVER liked him, always gotten a major spoiled a$$hole vibe, and this confirms it. Britney dodged a bullet.

690 days ago


Hey Justin,

How about you have your "friend" spend 100 DAYS on the streets?


Cause we already know that your offer of 100 hours of community service is just lip service.

690 days ago


I always liked JT and now I know why. He didn't have to write that letter but he did. That was a standup thing to do. Whatever friend did this, I would seriously question their character if they make fun of the homeless. Very classy, very upstanding.

690 days ago


I'm personally glad he wrote this letter because I didn't understand what it was about or why his friends would even do that. But it makes sense since hardly any of his bandmates or friends showed up to his wedding and I see now that his friends were trying to make fun of HIM. Total lapse of judgement though, in using homeless people for their own benefit.

690 days ago
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