Mark Gray  

  • Slide 1 of 10: Justin Timberlake issued a mea culpa to both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson for his actions nearly two decades ago. The pop star has been facing backlash for the past week following the release of the New York Times documentary "Framing Britney Spears," which explores in part how he treated the pop star during and after their high-profile three-year romance. "I've seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism," he wrote on Instagram on Feb. 12. "I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed."  Janet, of course, was blamed for a "wardrobe malfunction" that occurred when JT ripped off part of her bodice at the end of their 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance. She felt much more heat than Justin did after the incident, and many believed that he hung her out to dry. "I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from. The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It's designed this way," he said. "As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn't recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again."
  • Justin Timberlake issued a mea culpa to both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson for his actions nearly two decades ago. The pop star has been facing backlash for the past week following the release of the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” which explores in part how he treated the pop star during and after their high-profile three-year romance. “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he wrote on Instagram on Feb. 12. “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”  Janet, of course, was blamed for a “wardrobe malfunction” that occurred when JT ripped off part of her bodice at the end of their 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance. She felt much more heat than Justin did after the incident, and many believed that he hung her out to dry. “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from. The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way,” he said. “As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again. SLIDES © Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock

Overdue apology

Justin Timberlake issued a mea culpa to both Britney Spears and Janet Jackson for his actions nearly two decades ago. The pop star has been facing backlash for the past week following the release of the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” which explores in part how he treated the pop star during and after their high-profile three-year romance. “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he wrote on Instagram on Feb. 12. “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”  Janet, of course, was blamed for a “wardrobe malfunction” that occurred when JT ripped off part of her bodice at the end of their 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance. She felt much more heat than Justin did after the incident, and many believed that he hung her out to dry. “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from. The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way,” he said. “As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.”