Justin Timberlake would like to assure you that he “absolutely” took the time to resolve his issues with Janet Jackson after the Super Bowl strip fiasco of 2004.
Timberlake, who’s preparing for his comeback Super Bowl performance on February 4, made this assertion in an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe on Thursday, stressing, “I don’t know that a lot of people know that. I don’t think it’s my job to do that because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
It’s commonly believed that Timberlake allowed Janet to shoulder the bulk of public condemnation after the infamous wardrobe malfunction that revealed a nipple to the live TV audience, and that he didn’t sufficiently come to her defense.
Part of the CBS This Morning interview with Dylan Farrow (which airs in full tomorrow) was teased on Wednesday. It the preview, Farrow is asked whether she aims to topple Woody Allen’s career, to which she replies:
“Why shouldn’t I want to bring him down? Why shouldn’t I be angry? Why should’t I be hurt? Why shouldn’t I feel some sort of outrage after all these years of being ignored and disbelieved and tossed aside?”
A powerful reminder that the search for the “perfect victim” (who in our culture tends to be depicted as innocent, fragile, sad rather than angry, charitable rather than vengeful) is a counterproductive, even nefarious objective.
I remain a fan of Martha.
- Real Housewives of New Jersey people Melissa and Joe Gorga sent a cease and desist letter to their business partners. The business is a pizza and pasta joint. [Page Six]
- Paula Abdul’s mother, Lorraine Abdul, has passed away. [ET]
- Naya Rivera’s battery charge for allegedly attacking her estranged husband has been dismissed. [TMZ]
- Completely not buying this casting choice, but ready as ever to eat my words. [EW]
- Rihanna’s renting out a cute little house in West Hollywood. [Variety]
- Hard pass. [THR]
- And for my final trick. [NYDN]