Celebs DESTROYING Justin Timberlake's Halftime Show
Last night Justin Timberlake took to the stage at the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl Special featuring a football game, and even though it's been twelve-thousand years since he stirred controversy by getting a tad nipply on stage with Janet Jackson, this year Justin is under fire once again, but for very different reasons! The *NSYNC alum is garnering all sorts of headlines criticizing his treatment of singing icon Prince's legacy during his performance. Other headlines point to his audio equipment failure, while other headlines yet call out his Mad Max Coachella Stella McCartney fantasy. Complete with handkerchief because Dust Bowl #2 preparedness is key. So basically, Timberlake didn't bring SexyBack as much as he brought controversial homage blotched penguin pants barely audible realness, and the backlash is pretty dang intense.
First and foremost, the weekend was marred by rumors that Timberlake would resurrect Prince's likeness by using a hologram on stage to pay tribute to the singer. Prince once vehemently objected to the posthumous usage of singers' voices and presence on stage, stating to Guitar World in 1998:
That's the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing... it really is demonic. And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song [‘Free As a Bird’], manipulating John Lennon's voice to have him singing from across the grave... that'll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.
And while Timberlake didn't technically use a hologram, he did project Prince onto a huge sheet for a .5 second tribute. Skirting a deceased person's wishes on a technicality isn't a way to win over skeptics, and considering Minneapolis, Minnesota - the location of the Super Bowl - was Prince's hometown, the pressure was on for Timberlake. Plus Prince and Timberlake have a contentious history with each other, and many suspect that Prince would rather have had a Budweiser Clydesdale winnie out his lyrics on stage than Timberlake.
Almost immediately following the halftime show, TMZ posted the headline "Justin Timberlake's Halftime Show A Deaf-ing Disaster" to which I thought " Why am I garbage and they're everything?" They point to the fact that for the first portion of the performance, Timberlake's voice - including the piped-in vocals - was barely audible. This touches on The Hollywood Reporter's harsh criticism of the performance. They call out a complete lack of spontaneity - underscored by moments of glaringly obvious lip-syncing - that more or less tested the meaning of the word "live."
And then of course there's the outfit, which isn't so much a topic of controversy as much as we simply know that it will not be selling out in stores anytime soon. Read just a sampling of the Twitter slam fest below and let us know your thoughts on the performance in the comments plz!
Let's go through the history. While he was alive, Justin repeatedly disrespected Prince..doing a diss track against him and making fun of his height at the Golden Globes. Prince couldn't stand him. Justin has never appropriately addressed his treatment of Prince. https://t.co/HfByGT7rJy
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) February 5, 2018
Rethinking this entire Justin Timberlake halftime situation and realizing I just can’t forgive him for what he did to Britney and Janet Jackson. You heard me. #GaySuperBowl
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 5, 2018
At the Puppy Bowl they sang with a hologram of Air Bud :(
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 5, 2018
Okay punkass justin Timberlake. You was cool till you pulled that Prince bullshit. You dissed Prince on a track of yours and you dissed him onstage when you lowered the mic stand onstage when prince won an award. Later for ya ass
— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) February 5, 2018
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE
— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) February 5, 2018
The Prince tribute would’ve been cool... except Prince specifically said he didn’t want that, right? Even in death, Prince continues to be misunderstood.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 5, 2018
Justin Timberlake: I’m going to perform at the Super Bowl with a Prince hologram.
Prince (from the grave): pic.twitter.com/IhwAbcZwKm
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 4, 2018
prince stole the show #HalftimeShow
— Rydel Lynch (@RydelLynch) February 5, 2018