Framing Britney Spears: Justin Timberlake Backlash

“Justin Timberlake launched his career by slut-shaming Britney.”

Last night, the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears debuted on Hulu and FX — and it’s, quite frankly, brilliant.

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However, there was one bit of the doc that some fans paid particular attention to — and it involves Justin Timberlake.

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If you need a quick refresh, Britney and Justin dated for three years until 2002. It was, like, a huge deal.

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In terms of discographies at that point, Britney had released three albums: …Baby One More Time, Oops!… I Did It Again, and Britney. *NYSNC went on hiatus in ’02, and JT released his debut album in November of that same year.

The documentary then features two big moments following their split: First, the “Cry Me A River” music video, where the combination of a Britney lookalike and the song’s lyrics (“It wasn’t like you only talked to him,” etc.) makes it seem like Britney cheated on Justin IRL.

Secondly, when Justin kept talking about having sex with Britney. When he’s asked on the radio, “Did you fuck Britney Spears” he laughs and says, “Okay, I did it.”

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According to Britney, Justin was the only person she’d slept with at that time. Side note: There is truly a creepy amount of articles about whether or not Britney was a virgin…

The ensuing popular narrative was, in the words of the documentary, that Justin was portrayed as the “school quarterback” while Britney was shunned as the “high school slut” who bared responsibility for the breakup.

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Watching this Britney doc and YES 2021 in the year we publicly acknowledge that Justin Timberlake LAUNCHED HIS CAREER BY SLUT-SHAMING BRITNEY. He completely capitalized on their private relationship. Dickhole. #FramingBritneySpears

Twitter: @ladypocono

I’m watching #FramingBritneySpears and I said this 20 years ago and I’ll say it again….Justin Timberlake is trash. Unfortunately he’s a white straight male who will continue to get a hall pass for his bullshit. #FreeBritney

Twitter: @xonancy

We’ll keep you posted if JT himself chooses to comment on the doc.

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