Justin Timberlake’s Old Tweet Dismissing Journalist Who Said He Should Apologize To Janet Jackson Resurfaces

Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson

Justin Timberlake’s Old Tweet Dismissing Journalist Who Said He Should Apologize To Janet Jackson Resurfaces

Justin Timberlake made headlines earlier this month when he issued an apology to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears earlier this month.

Justin Timberlake’s apology for Janet Jackson came more than 15 years after they hit the stage together for the 2004 Super Bowl where Janet Jackson suffered a wardrobe malfunction. Justin Timberlake never defended her and was able to perform at the event again in 2018 while Janet Jackson was allegedly banned. The league denied banning her in 2017, and some questioned if Justin’s apology came too late.

One of the people still calling him out is Daily Beast writer Ernest Owens, who pointed out that he urged Justin to apologize years ago, but didn’t get the friendliest response from the Suit & Tie singer.

He tweeted recently,

“I asked Justin Timberlake 5 years ago on Twitter if he would apologize to Janet Jackson. He called me a ‘sweet soul’ instead.”

He continued,

“For those saying he made mistakes nearly 20 years ago, think again. He knew what he was doing.”

He was referencing an exchange he had with Justin Timberlake back in 2016, which started after Justin saluted actor Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech for the BET Awards’ Humanitarian honor that year.

Justin wrote,

@iJesseWilliams tho… #Inspired #BET2016

Ernest Owens asked him,

“So does this mean you’re going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too. #BETAwards

Justin responded,

“Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.”

He later added,

“I feel misunderstood. I responded to a specific tweet that wasn’t meant to be a general response. I shouldn’t have responded anyway…”

He later said in an interview of the back and forth,

“I felt terrible, you feel terrible. Like, ‘Oh man, that is not what I meant. Why did I do that?’”

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Authored by: Char Patterson