After the way Justin Timberlake handled the Janet Jackson/Super Bowl debacle, many thought it was lame of him to let Janet take the whole rap for an indecency he was a part of. Many others took that idea even further, claming that Justin got the least backlash because of his skin tone. So when he releases a new video of him pulling black singer Ciara by a leash followed by the same singer popping her booty in his face while he sits back and enjoys, some are wondering, “how in the WORLD does this guy keep getting away with things like this?”
At least one writer from Soul Bounce had this question in mind when they wrote the article, “How Can Justin Timberlake Still Objectify Women And Get Away With It?” Some bits of the column are below.
It been years since “Nipplegate” after which he distanced himself from Janet Jackson, cowardly allowing her to endure the overly harsh criticism alone. The outcry against his actions from those of us in the indignant minority was quickly overshadowed by an increase in album sales, multiple music awards and an increase in his Pop stardom miming Black music and culture. Instead of subjecting his next project with trepidation–let alone dismissal–nearly every “urban” club, radio station and music channel on the planet had the masses bumping to a song with a hook that’s about shackles, whipping and slavery…
…It’s not even his song but in the video he’s in the opening scene, pulling on a chained Ciara. Whenever the two are interacting she is doing all kinds of sexy acrobatics for him–crawling over him, stick out her ass for him to lean on, bumping him with her breasts–but he can barely be bothered to look her in the face half of the time…and he’s on screen a lot. She looks desparate, and he looks like a pimp. As the video progresses and their roles become more evident it gets more disgusting.
Read the whole article here and tell us what you think about the author’s theory. Do you think Justin is objectifying black women? Or is it a pointless topic because both Janet and Ciara agreed to that behavior, so everyone’s responsible?