• Fri, Jan 31 - 12:11 pm ET

Justin Timberlake Is Over

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Let me say this upfront: I was always a JC Chasez girl. Maybe that’s where the root of my problem with Justin Timberlake comes from, that I felt like he was overshadowing the most beautiful, perfect brunette in *NSYNC (and my true eighth-grade love) with his ramen-y hair.

I mean, do you choose the man on the far left or the second from the right? NO CONTEST.

I mean, do you choose the man on the far left or the second from the right? NO CONTEST.

But no, it’s more than that, because my uneasy feelings about this man have been developing for a few years, even though I seriously loved his first two solo albums. I think Justin Timberlake kindasorta really sucks. And is a dick. And gets adulated by popular media to an extent that is in no way deserved.

Today is JT’s birthday. I know it’s mean to rip on someone on their birthday, but I posted about how much I love Oprah on her birthday earlier this week, so, you know, everything in balance. Also, celebrities are public people with public personas and, as a member of the public, I am wholly entitled to dissect someone’s public image, so just remember that before you rush to JT’s defense in the comments, sexybackers.

So ok, let me make my argument here. Remember that whole “homeless people saying HAPPY WEDDING DAY to Justin and Jessica” thing? That sucked. Yeah, JT apologized for it and all and yeah, he wasn’t technically responsible, but he still screened a video of Los Angeles street people at his wedding. In Italy. If that isn’t a ridiculous display of white privilege, as Anne Helen Petersen asserts, I don’t know what is.

That leads me to the People magazine cover story that featured JT’s wedding to Jessica Biel. Let’s take a look:

Photo: Michael Muller

Photo: Michael Muller

Some people might see this photo and think, “Aww, a newlywed man who is so happy that he’s married that he’s jumping for joy!” I see it and think, “A bigheaded idiot who is making  what is supposed to be a celebration of his couplehood be all about him.”

That’s the crux of my dislike for Justin, really. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE IS HERE FOR JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND NO ONE ELSE. Not even his wife! Not even a couple who want to get engaged at his concert! Need more proof?

The VMAs. The goddamn VMAs. He got the Vanguard Award (whatever the hell that is) and, as you’ll recall the entire world was FLIPPING THEIR SHIT over the possibility of an *NSYNC reunion during his performance. And we got it, although it was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen, considering *NSYNC sang for a grand total of 30 seconds before Justin launched into his languid, fifteen-minute-long performance celebrating the fact that he’s been a solo singer for just over ten years.

Yeah, I know the award was for Justin himself and not the boy band he was in during the 90s. But would it have killed him to let his former bandmates have more than 30 seconds of stage time? My SO EXCITED SO HAPPY SO NOSTALGIC tween heart was basically raised up on a platform of joy and then rudely crushed under the weight of JT’s enormous ego. Can you tell I’m just a little bitter and disappointed about this?

Then, in his speech accepting the award, he couldn’t even name JC, Lance, Joey and Chris by name. He just called them “guys.” So disrespectful, so rude, so makes me lose any admiration I had for this dude.

Justin rubs me the wrong way because it’s evident that he has the biggest head in show business (and if you think I’m alone in this opinion, a quick scroll through the JT archives of our sister site Crushable will help you see the light). You just know that JT thinks JT is the man. Maybe you find that sexy and alluring, but I find it grating, annoying, and a huge turn-off. There’s nothing wrong with being self-confident and proud of your talents and accomplishments, but Justin’s existence just feel like one big giant selfie-in-a-mirror in a-selfie-in-a-mirror while wearing an expensive suit and tie. Call me old-fashioned, but I like my celebrities with at least a modicum of self-awareness and humility, something that seems to be sorely missing from Justin’s public life.

“Sexy Back” will always be the summer jam of 2006. “Cry Me a River” will always give me amazing (depressing?) memories of driving around smoking cigarettes and crying about boys during my senior of high school. *NSYNC will live in my heart forever.

But a man whose head is so far up the ass of his own perceived genius that his self and staff couldn’t even do a simple Google search to learn that the name of the single “Take Back The Night” was also the name of a hugely important women’s movement? Nope. I’ll never call myself a Justin Timberlake fan.

Photos: FilmMagic via Getty Images

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    I was team JC chavez, too! plus we shared the same birthday.

    • Ashley Reese

      He was always hotter.

  • elle

    I’m also team JT is such a dick…..

  • CMJ

    I also dislike JT. He screams DOUCHE to me.

  • Renee Pryor

    I am sure JT could care less what you think of him. I for one am a huge JT fan . I base this on his level of entertainment and performerance. Not on what he does on a magazine cover or any of the other stupid reasons you gave. As for the VanGuard award, it was obviously the other members of NSYNC were very very out of shape. 30 seconds of performing was about all they could handle. I thought it was very big of JT to even include them in an award he was winning soley on his solo career. Maybe you are the one that needs to get their head out of their ass……..

    • lula

      why do people use this phrase? ‘could care less’ means that you care a bit. ‘couldn’t care less’ means that you don’t care at all. Christ alive, not difficult

    • Samantha Escobar

      I think about this each time I hear that phrase. As a kid, I just assumed I misheard it every single time.

  • CherHorowitz

    This is great. I wish you’d mentioned his throwing Janet Jackson under the bus after the Super Bowl in 2004 and ALLLLLL the times he’s sold out Britney Spears while she’s never said one bad thing about him.

    God, I so wish he would flop and disappear.

  • Samantha Escobar

    That f’ing picture you chose. Amazing.

  • Me

    Couldn’t agree more

  • Rachel

    I don’t know, Bill Hader is super cool with him and if Bill Hader thinks he’s good people then I can’t fight it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRT7JidTfBY

    However, I have also always thought that his constant Britney bashing through song was a little ridiculous. C’mon, man, grow up.

  • Michelle

    So, let me preface this by saying that my husband works in the live-sound music industry and has personally met JT, and he’s hinted that he might have a bit of an inflated ego — just by the way things shut down around him, and the spectacle he causes. But, from someone who has actually met him, he does come off as friendly and personable — not like some of the other celebs he’s worked with. That being said, it’s pretty jerky to make these kind of character assumptions and grand claims when you’ve never met the guy. I mean, he’s a talented guy and just because he’s a public figure, I’m sure these kind of articles (on high-traffic web sites) sting. Maybe we should just be a little kinder to each other? Maybe?

  • angelialee

    U are notging but a bitter bitch how dare u talk bout the love of my life since mmc on. He isnt any of those things. Before u start judging ppl why dont u look up illuminati and mk/ultra. Jt has been abused emotionally physically and sexually since he was a child on up. By this disgusying illuminati industry. So before u start shooting off your mouth get your facts straight. As for janet that stupid fucking whore planned it. And set him up. She was playing w her costome durong rythm nation and she just happend to be wearing a boob piercing. Yeah right whatever. Jt appologized bitchface didnt. Mj was awesome but his sister is a backstabbing cunt wad. As for the non weddding cause they arent really married asshole. He didnt show the film again get your facts straight. I have met jt and he is the sweetest guy in the world. Ppl like u are the reason the illuminati are gonna take him out and when they do there will be hell to pay. So next time u decide to pass judgement on someone get,all the homework in. And until then shut your fucking mouth.

    • Ashley Reese

      Impressive.

    • JT fan!!

      Thank you sista!

    • Samantha Escobar

      Calm down, Jessica Biel, it’s way past your bed time.

    • Crayzcheshire

      lolololol

  • JT fan!

    Before you bash him for all the bad things, think of all the good things he has done! He did let a man propose to his girlfriend on stage, he sang a song about how people can still be in love after years have gone by (mirrors, based on his grandparents), and he had the right to bash Brittney!!! She cheated on him! If that doesn’t dee serve it i don’t know what does! If it were the other way around you’d say he got what he deserved! While he my have a slightly enlarged ego, he has many good qualitys too! Before you judge you need to walk in his shoes!

    • JT fan!

      Btw I meant deserve not dee serve! Oops;)

    • Crayzcheshire

      I dunno, I kinda like “dee-serve” !

  • liza

    I mostly live in a celebrity-free vacuum but what I’ve seen and heard of JT, I actually like him quite a bit (one reason I clicked on this article from Facebook is because he’s a celeb I ACTUALLY have an opinion about). I think he’s a good actor and I caught the last half of an interview he did with Terry Gross on Fresh Air a few years ago. Since I tuned in late, I didn’t know who was talking (and, not knowing anything about JT, clues that came up in the discussion, like his album and song titles, didn’t clue me in) but, all the while, I was thinking, “doesn’t this person sound like a nice, thoughtful, silky-voiced, intelligent young man who’s courteous to Terry Gross?” Eventually when Terry broke for station identification she said, “I’m here with Justin Timberlake,” and I’ve liked him since (and again, I don’t really have lots of opinions of current celebs). I even downloaded a few of songs (I was never into ‘NSYNC or anything like that). Later on, I was again impressed by his acting and thought his performance was THE highlight of “The Social Network.”

  • Leila

    As a JT fan, two things stand out to me in this article and the comments here. 1) JC Chasez clearly wrote this (snark..lol). and 2) Every time I visit this site, I can’t help but be reminded of Jess Biel considering the moderator’s pic looks just like her by the thumbnail. I mean, I thought it was Jess Biel’s pic upon my first visit.