Justin Timberlake has apologized for what he calls a "distasteful" wedding video featuring homeless people that has surfaced since his nuptials last week. The "Sexy Back" singer says he's "deeply sorry," noting he had no knowledge of the video's existence -- and took no part in its creation.
The video in question hit the web this week and was made by Timberlake's pals to coincide with his wedding to Jessica Biel in Italy.
The video, which was meant to be humorous, featured street musicians, homeless people and other people on the street, wishing the couple congratulations.
"Greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn't make it," the clip begins -- some of which was posted on TMZ.
"Jessica and Justin, I haven't seen ya'll in a long time," said Eddie, one of the homeless men int the video. "My gift is in the mail."
The video sparked a lot of conversation, and even some controversy, since making its way online this week. According to TMZ, it was reportedly filmed by Timberlake's real estate agent pal, Justin Huchel, but there's no confirmation on that.
Timberlake has since written a long apology on his website, acknowledging the clip was made by friends - although he didn't say which ones.
"Normally, as some of you know, I am (by nature) a pretty private person," Timberlake wrote." 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.As it pertains to this silly, unsavory video that was made as a joke and not in any way in mockery:
Timberlake also wrote a bullet list of points:
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."
Go here to read Timberlake's entire post.