Posted on Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:20 PM PDT
Justin Timberlake is not amused by his friend's "joke" video which stars homeless people in downtown L.A.
JT's pal, realtor Justin Huchel, sent the video entitled "Greetings from Your Hollywood Friends Who Just Couldn't Make It," as a wedding gift to the "Sexyback" singer and his new wife, Jessica Biel.
Timberlake posted the following open letter:
- "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," the Trouble with the Curve star writes. "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."
The actor, who calls the video "distasteful" and "unsavory," adds:
- "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. My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment. . . I don't believe it was made to be insensitive. It was NOT shown at my wedding. We can all agree that it was distasteful, even though that was not it's intention.
Timberlake concludes with the following: "I am NOT defending the video. I agree with the overall consensus. I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended. You can bet your ass that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service."
On a side note ... Jessica Biel is now going as Jessica Timberlake. Awww!
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