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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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Hey *******. Are you that disconnected with the world??? A 'letter' blaming someone else and you think that is cool? Community service? Please.

It was wrong. It was obscene. It was disgusting.

You think you have enough 'goodwill' to absorb the backlash? Nope. You don't

At the very least, YOU should do the community service, and how about a donation to a homeless shelter of say $50,000 or so?

Then perhaps I would forgive this disgusting behavior.

You are a small person.

693 days ago


The insult is out there. You've put negative karma out against a race and a world slowing going down the drain. You would never openly do this to a Jew because you know it would be career suicide. Damn shame and your Ghetto pass has been revoked.

693 days ago


JT sux. I hate him and his apology is not really an apology because he doesn't say sorry to the people who were demeaned for his enjoyment. He only says sorry to his "true" fans. I really think Justin Timberlake sux.

693 days ago


This white trash moron is a "class A" jag off and so is his buck tooth wife with the big butt. Apology is damage control nothing more.

693 days ago


I always thought he was a douch bag.

693 days ago


Justin is only sorry because it got leaked.

693 days ago


While Justin is at it why doesn't he apologize for everything else he has absolutely nothing to do with that could potentially offend someone. Put some salve on that mangina and tell TMZ to F' off. What a wus!

693 days ago


Justin having to wake up next to that ugly ass Jessica Biel is punishment enough. I do give him credit for responding to the outrage, but I still do not like him anymore. Why not help out the homeless people who were duped into this sorry excuse for entertainment video. Put your money where your mouth is then I will believe he is truly sorry.

693 days ago


It was a joke get over it! It was meant in good fun! Stop always playing the race card...I am sure the homeless people were not as offended as some of the idiots reading this and taking it personally

693 days ago


What did his friend give them for a wedding gift, d*ck in a box?

693 days ago


The question I would ask of them and you is "What is your humiliation worth," 40 dollars or more, much more?

693 days ago


I don't think it showed anyone in an insensitive light. It wasn't making fun of anything or anyone, and they looked like they were happy to participate... I don't think it's that big of a deal. I don't think he really needed to apologize honestly.

693 days ago


The video was probably hilarious. People are SO up tight these days. And who cares, it was a private video shown at a private event. Butt out!

693 days ago


bad grammar and giant ego. **** this guy.

693 days ago


That 'guilty conscience' of yours is a bitch isn't it, TimberFAKE? Yeah, those words sounded sooo darn authentic. He is such an egomaniac. Just like 99% of Hollywood. Pray to God for forgiveness, dude... you don't need to pretend to the masses you care... what matters is you show him that you are SORRY!!

693 days ago
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