Celebrities have been showing support for Britney Spears in the wake of her openly addressing the court yesterday regarding her conservatorship and the many harrowing ways it has affected the pop star's life over the years. One such celebrity is Justin Timberlake. Yep, Britney’s old ex took to Twitter to weigh in on the situation, and the reaction has not been good.
As you’ll probably remember, when responses were flooding in to the explosive New York Times ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary, many people were calling on Justin Timberlake to acknowledge the part he played in the media’s toxic obsession with Britney, citing the ways he portrayed the star after their split (“Cry Me A River”, anyone?). The very public breakup of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s is thought to have played a massive role in the misogynistic treatment of Britney – treatment that the star had to deal with for years afterwards. 20 years later, Justin eventually did apologise in February of this year for his part in perpetuating these harmful narratives, writing that he “failed” and had “benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism”.
Given this very recent history, it’s an interesting decision for Justin to speak out again about Britney and her current legal battle. “After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time,” he wrote. “Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right,” he added. Many people are finding issues with these comments, which shines another light on their very-old, very-done relationship and inserts Timberlake smack-bang in this conversation unnecessarily.
One tweeter pointed out that the true hero – outside of Britney herself, of course – in all this is Chris Crocker, the “leave Britney alone” guy, who went viral before going viral was even a thing. Chris Crocker, we see you.
Justin Timberlake’s career hit an all-time high in the wake of his split with “cheating” Britney Spears, which feels so icky considering the subsequent media treatment she received. In summary: now really isn't the time, Justin.