Justin vs. Taylor: The inevitable apology

16330__jt_l_1Is it time to tell the Soul Patrol to stand down? Justin Timberlake is (Sexy)back-tracking on his earlier trash-talking about Taylor Hicks. Actually, it’s sort of a non-apology apology, with JT’s publicist telling the Associated Press that the singer’s remarks ”were taken completely out of context.” Hmm, I didn’t realize there was a context in which ”He can’t carry a tune in a bucket” doesn’t come off as an insult.

Maybe the ”out of context” part referred to Timberlake’s remarks about the difficulties of sudden fame: ”If he has any skeletons whatsoever; if, God forbid, he’s gay, and all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like, ‘Oh, my God, I voted for a queer!’ It’s just too much pressure.” I’ll buy that he wasn’t actually trying to imply that Taylor is gay or has other skeletons; he just said it in a clumsy way that should have riled not only Hicks but the entire state of Mississippi.

To his credit, Hicks himself has kept admirably silent about the whole affair. Still, someone must have pressured Timberlake into damage-control mode. Is the lesson here that you shouldn’t risk the wrath of the Soul Patrol, or that people who live in crass houses shouldn’t throw stones?

Pick a side, people: Team Soul Patrol or Team SexyBack?

addCredit(“Taylor Hicks: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.com; Justin Timberlake: George Chin/WireImage.com”)

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  • brittney

    team sexy back!!!

  • ger

    Team ‘Get the f#@% away from me, both of you’.

  • Just Me

    Please, Spare me!
    Justin thought that his comments would be well received, but they started a roaring fire. Sure he is sorry. I will believe his pathetic apology when pigs fly.

  • Dana

    definetely team soul patrol. Justin’s whinning is just masking the pain of already being a has been.

  • Orlando

    Who cares! I kinda liked SexyBack, but Justin’s remarks have made me rethink buying future songs. I don’t even watch ‘American Idol’ anymore, but his comments where just plain wrong. So Justin, come foward and apologize!

  • newbie

    I still vote for a Dance-Off!

  • Rebecca B.

    Team Whichever One Doesn’t Do Another Effing Ford Commercial.

  • Zink

    Team SexyBack, i hate taylor hicks with an angry passion! i agree with everything JT said, Taylor hicks makes me want to puke whenever he sings

  • Mel

    TEAM SOUL PATROL
    …without question

  • The Hoff 2D Max

    I smell a 2007 Grammy hookup, a la Eminem and Elton John a few years back!
    But seriously, while Hacks…er, Hicks…certainly DOESN’T have any talent/staying power (they’ve already pretty much phased him out of those Ford ads…and as bad as he sounded in them,it DOES explain Ford’s sales plummet lately), to have a one-trick pony like Timerlake actually SAY it reeks of a “pot-calling-the-kettle-
    black” type of moment.

  • Jessica

    The main issue here is that Justin Timberlake is HOMEPHOBIC! I’m banning his music!

  • sam

    Justin didn’t mean it when he ripped off Janet Jackson’s top, either. Guess that was taken out of context. Not only is this guy apparently homophobic, he is also totally unable to take the heat for the stupid things that he says and does. If we have to rely on this loser to bring sexy back, we are in big trouble.

  • jon

    I just realized that I don’t care about this anymore. My Timberfake hate is a constant and I don’t really care for the Soul Patrol guy. He’s like a young Michael McDonald and I like Michael McDonald. Can I be on Team Sweet Freedom?
    [Shine sweet freedom, shine your light on me. You are the magic. You're riiiight where I wannna be!]

  • Angela

    I like Justin’s music, but the only reason he is apologizing is to hold on to his public. Taylor Hicks is definitely the classier, more honorable man.

  • Kris

    Justin needs to close his mouth. Can we say damage control? Every article I read he is trying SO hard for this “cool”image. It ain’t working, it’s just making him look dumb. And bringing the sexy back? Oh Please, don’t make me laugh!
    I can’t stand Taylor.
    So Team Sexy-back or Team Soul Patrol? How bout neither.

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