Saturday, April 13, 2024

Don’t Believe All the BS About Justin Timberlake from BS (Britney Spears), It’s Meant to Sell Books — And It’s Working!


Britney Spears has followed Jada Pinkett into the Festivus department.

The kooky former singer and dancer has blamed everything bad in her life on Justin Timberlake. He’s not going to respond, and she knows it, so the little unconfirmed accusations roll out every hour.

Reality check: Spears is doing it to sell books. She got a big advance. She needs the money to pay it back. Britney Spears sells no records now, and is not performing live in concert. She has a big bottom line, no matter how much she made in the past. Remember, she did not write her hits. She isn’t getting publishing royalties. Even the book’s sales and all the PR haven’t put her records back on any charts.

I keep reading that Timberlake is upset because he was planning new music, etc, and this has thrown a wrench into the works. Calm down. In six months, no one will care about Britney’s book. It may be six weeks. Justin can come roaring back with music next summer, and a tour, and it will all do well.

What Spears has done here is not classy, but we’re not surprised. She was right, though, that the mass audience would eat up her whining. I’m sorry she had to go through an abortion, but doesn’t she have 50% responsibility for getting pregnant? At 17? Timberlake was correct in not wanting to be a teen dad. BTW, in the book she says he was with her through the whole thing. So let’s get a grip.

Every encounter I’ve ever had with Justin Timberlake has been a positive one. He’s made mistakes, like everyone, but nothing that would suggest he’s due a public pillaging. Maybe Britney, like Jada, should own up to her own mistakes. And not charge us $22 to relive them!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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