Justin Timberlake: What a Pompous Asshole!

justin-timberlakeJustin Timberlake has always seemed like a cool guy. He’s awesome on Saturday Night Live, charming in interviews, and not hard on the eyes. 

This amiable image that he has cultivated over the years was damaged, however, a few days ago when he set in motion a series of teasers about new material, including a short video in which he comes across as an amazing asshole.

It all started on Wednesday night when Justin cryptically tweeted:

“Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST”

… and the whole world collectively shit their pants with excitement, assuming he was going announce a new album or at least a single. Possibly a sex tape. But then, when the clock struck 9:01 PST on Thursday, all that happened was that the aforementioned mystery video was posted to his web site accompanied by a countdown clock, set to expire on midnight Sunday.

Clearly, he’s going to release a new single at that time, though he won’t confirm or deny. There’s obviously a method to Justin’s madness, but it seems painfully self-important to deliver it in this tease-y, delayed gratification way. I suppose that level of arrogance is not too surprising, though, coming from a guy who happily credited himself with bringing sexy back.

With that level of production value in this one-minute video, you’d think he could have collected his thoughts better before filming. And he had to realize that he sounds very unattractively prideful.

“I don’t wanna put anything out that I feel like is something I don’t love. You just don’t get that everyday. You have to wait for it.”

Don’t get me wrong. Justin has every right to be proud of his accomplishments … and there are many of them. Personally, I don’t care for his music, but I can appreciate that he’s a talented artist, in addition to being impressively business savvy. And his fans are clearly desperate for this new album. That said, it’s disappointing that the same guy who is so disarmingly likable … self-deprecating enough to film Dick in a Box and play such a convincing Robin Gibb … would intentionally present himself as such a boastful ass.

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Comments

  1. jennyfromtheblock says

    You’re taking it a bit to the extremes. He wasn’t dressed in a white robe saying fear not, for I have returned. He was simply letting his fans know he’s coming back. I personally thought it was harmless.

  2. Sara says

    Sorry, but how does “I don’t wanna put anything out that I feel like is something I don’t love…You have to wait for it” translate into “prideful”? Maybe I’m missing something, but I’ve seen his hardcore fans ask him the same exact questions over and over again for five years, and the single most asked question is always “Why?” And he’s always had the same answer: that he doesn’t want to put out an album half-heartedly. He’s said time and time again that he’s not the kind of person who is able to focus on multiple things at once, which is why he put off putting out an album. All I got from the video was someone announcing he was ready to shift gears back into music.

  3. Zak says

    Totally disagree with the writer. I fully endorse JT’s statement about waiting for it to happen. Michael Jackson, who has 3 albums in the top 10 selling albums of all time, released an album every 5 years or so. Nowadays with people like Rihanna who sell plenty with an album every 2 years have songs that are made for them and less input of theirs goes into the song itself. JT is completely right in that great music takes time. Nothing pompous about it.

  4. karen says

    This article is bullshit!!! I love Justin timberlake! how does he come off as being an asshole, arrogant and prideful. just because he wants to put out a excellent album?! He doesn’t want to disappoint his fans with a shitty album that he dosent love and that he knows his fans wont love. Come on! if you wait 7 years you have to put out a good album! I respect his decision for taking 7 years off to pursue his acting career instead. he is a wonderful actor and he’s funny. He dosent want to be like Rihanna, who puts out an album every year that feels forced and have horrible songs. His fans cannot wait for his album to drop! If you don’t like him then why are you writing an article about him!

  5. Nathan says

    Fucking hell. Justin Timberlake fans have no sense of humour do they. It’s like Bieber for the slightly older set.