The whole idea of ex-Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake, clamouring for attention to promote his upcoming CD "FutureSex/LoveSounds" by insulting American Idol Taylor Hicks, is just plain random. It amplifies the fact that though he has put together an album with adult themes at its core, mentally he hasn't left those mouse ears far behind. In numerous reports, Timberlake bashed Taylor Hicks' singing by saying, "he can't carry a tune in a bucket". In an interview with Fashion Rocks, a supplement of Vanity Fair, Justin went so far as to speculate about Taylor Hicks' sexual orientation. In a one-two punch he simultaneously mocked Mississippians, providing his impersonation of their reaction if Taylor Hicks were found to be gay, he rolled out a thick Southern accent for the reporter in saying, "Oh my god, I voted for a queer!". Apparently Mr. Timberlake either attributed Hicks with being from Mississippi rather than Alabama, or simply enacted his interpretation of how folks from Mississippi might view homosexuality. I find this humorous considering, lying in wake of the look Justin sported in the not so distant past, featured on the website Queerty.
Fred Griggs, wrote, "We decided to put things in perspective for you by publishing the above photo from the days when everyone thought Justin Timberlake was a lesbian."
Taking into account that the former N'Sync, boyband member first drew national media attention by performing on the talent show, Star Search, and now criticizes Hicks for gaining national attention by winning the talent show, America Idol, certainly rings hypocritical. Timberlake continues to astound by now announcing to the world he's unable to perform in the bedroom with music playing, he finds it way too distracting, while at the same time he's out promoting a CD with a focus on sex. Apparently Justin's world is full of conundrums.
I have been surprised at how so many reports in the media covering Timberlake's comments robotically quoted his remarks without question on motive for this random attack on Taylor Hicks. I can only surmise that somehow in Timberlake's thinking he sees Taylor Hicks as a rival of some kind. Timberlake's musical focus has evolved more in line with what's termed 'blue-eyed soul' and less boy band pop, so perhaps he may feel threatened or envious of newly recognized national celebrity Taylor Hicks. If Justin thinks his comments negatively reviewing Taylor's singing abilities and speculating his sexual orientation will benefit him, he seriously needs a reality check. His pugnacious attack on Taylor Hicks is not dissimilar to what wrestlers in the WWE engage in when hyping their next wrestling match. In this case, Hicks was blindsided by Timberlakes' attempts to cast low blows to his ego.
Publicist Ken Sunshine attempted to smooth over the issue by claiming the remarks were taken out of context. It's difficult to imagine what sort of context these comments were taken from that would detract from them sounding like the spewings of an envious, jackanape. I'm left having to discount the publicists or promoters claims when no one has produced any of the actual content in which these statements originated. In what appears to be an another example of Timberlake's inability to curb himself from making self-damaging statements, he feels the need to share with one and all his stance on illegal drug use, "I wanted the album to look to a time when everything was really sexy. Maybe everybody was coked up, but who cares? It was hot. It was all about sex." Good one Justin, plug in the "FutureSex/LoveSounds" get out the Viagra, pull out a straw and pass the coke (he's not talking Cola). I can only imagine the nightmare he presents for his promoters and publicists, but surely they are well compensated for their efforts.