“We love giving y’all something to talk about,” he told Access Hollywood post-show. When a host mentioned he got “nasty with Ms. Jackson,” he replied, “Hey, man. It’s every man’s dream.”
However, in the weeks following, he had a different tune to sing. “I don’t feel like I need publicity like this,” Timberlake says in a separate clip. “And I wouldn’t want to be involved with a stunt especially something of this magnitude.”
So once again, Twitter is calling him out. “The biggest [takeaway] I learned from the NYT docs about Britney and Janet,” one Twitter user wrote. “Justin Timberlake is the epitome of white male privilege in American society.”
Following the original outcry in February, Timberlake apologized to Jackson and Spears in a lengthy Instagram. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” he wrote on Instagram nearly 20 years after the fallout relationship with Spears and 17 years after the Super Bowl moment. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
Though Janet Jackson did not respond publically to Timberlake’s apology and was not interviewed for Malfunction, she will discuss the incident in a two-part, four-hour documentary that will air in early 2022. That documentary is currently titled, Janet.
Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson is available to watch on Hulu.