Is Justin Timberlake going back to his roots ? It looks like it in the teaser for his new album Man of the Woods. But Twitter ain’t having it.
Justin Timberlake is about to release his first album in nearly five years and the singer teased his comeback with a YouTube video that had a lot of people wondering. Indeed, in the video titled “Introducing Man of The Woods”, Timberlake announced he will drop his new album on Feb 2, just two days before he makes his Super Bowl debut. First single “Filthy” comes this Friday.
“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family but more so than any other album I’ve ever written where I’m from“, JT could be heard saying in the first seconds of the video. The Memphis, Tennessee-born singer is going back to his roots, quite literally, as he shows in scenes of him sitting in a cornfield and posting up by a campfire.
We guess when he dropped the video, Justin wasn’t ready to receive some backlash. But, he did. The ex-teen star who built a career as an R&B singer and who is now channeling his inner Bon Iver has raised a few eyebrows. With the provocative headline “Justin Timberlake Is Rebranding As A White Man”, online publication The Outline may have just put the finger on what has been on people’s mind while watching the video. We dug out some fresh tweets that best describe how it was perceived.
Some are still waiting for Timberlake’s apologies to Janet Jackson…
Call me when Justin Timberlake walks into the woods with a big shovel and digs up an apology to Janet Jackson.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 2, 2018
Very cool of Justin Timberlake to finally apologize to Janet Jackson for humiliating her oh is that not why he’s trending ok never mind
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) January 3, 2018
Looks like Justin Timberlake has decided to return to his privileged roots AFTER building a career on the shoulders of black artists & luminaries, including @JanetJackson, who he has yet to apologize to..#JanetsLegacyMatters #JTTheCultureVulture
— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) January 2, 2018
Others are spotting a trend among former urban white artists here ….
Justin Timberlake, is doing folk music now. Miley Cyrus is making country music. Lady Gaga stripped down to soft rock.
White artists are pivoting back to white. I can't even.
— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) January 2, 2018
— deray (@deray) January 2, 2018
Justin Timberlake is becoming Miley Cyrus before our very eyes.
Appropriate Black music & culture until you can't anymore and then run back into the woods and become white again.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 2, 2018
Justin Timberlake ~reinventing himself as a mid-budget outerwear catalog model is the laziest male pop star nonsense i've ever seen
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) January 2, 2018
And then, there are those who don’t forget Justin’s talent
in addition to his albums justin timberlake co-wrote "blow" and "rocket" and literally built the "yonce" beat banging on buckets so all shade is going to miss me today
— Terron Moore (@Terr) January 2, 2018
anyone slandering Justin Timberlake can promptly catch these fucking hands
— Ro Ransom (@roransom) January 2, 2018