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Justin Timberlake finally addresses criticisms over Nipplegate

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Justin Timberlake might be a man of the woods, but maybe not really a man of his word

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The 2004 Super Bowl halftime show’s ‘Nipplegate’ was truly the Watergate of sports broadcasting: Where were you when Justin Timberlake unexpectedly exposed Janet Jackson’s breast to 143.6 million viewers on live television — seemingly, to her utter surprise?

In a new interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Timberlake addressed the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” known as Nipplegate, in light of his preparations to return to the stage for Super Bowl LII. 

The singer admitted that he “stumbled through” the aftermath of the scandal, vaguely addressing criticisms that he didn’t do enough to defend Jackson from the disproportionate backlash she received.

“I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, ‘OK, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it,’” Timberlake said, decked in the beanie and flannel that signal his rebrand as a woodsy hipster.

It’s not entirely clear what aspect of the situation Timberlake is saying he can “learn” from. But he makes sure to assert that Jackson is totally not mad at him. 

“I don’t know that a lot of people know that [me and Janet made peace],” he claims. “I mean I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”

It’s important to note that Jackson has not publicly commented on her feelings towards Timberlake in recent history.

After the incident, she was not only forced to apologize and take full blame, but was also barred from award shows — like that year’s Grammys (Timberlake still attended) — and also had her music blacklisted from the most influential radio stations and TV networks of the time (Timberlake did not).

In a 2006 MTV interview, long after it could actually help Jackson, Timberlake expressed regret that he’d failed to stand by her while she suffered the lion’s share of the consequences.

But in the age of #FreeTheNipple campaigns and the Time’s Up initiative, we can now look back at the clear misogyny and racism at play. The public vilified Jackson, pinning the supposed moral degradation of society on a single (briefly) exposed nipple. 

And those who clamored to shame and blame her didn’t once stop to ask, “Hang on — wasn’t it Timberlake who actually, physically ripped off the costume? And didn’t Jackson look shocked and mortified about it before immediately running off stage?”

There’s still a lot of mystery around what exactly happened. But you know what isn’t a mystery? The reason why Timberlake’s career continued to soar, while Jackson’s never came close to recovering.

Fourteen years later, and Timberlake has been invited back with open arms to the scene of the Nipplegate crime. But where’s Janet Jackson’s big comeback halftime show?

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/17/justin-timberlake-janet-jackson-super-bowl-nipplegate/

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Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ video is a perfect parody of all your favorite teen movies

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Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” already cemented itself as a 2018 banger, and the official video is a party of its own. Full of classic teen movie tropes and references to Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and more.

The movie references are fun on their own, all teased by Grande on social media leading up to the video’s release, but the cameos make “thank u, next.”

From Mean Girls‘ original Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) to Kris Jenner as a cool mom, everyone in the video is having a blast – perhaps none more so than Jennifer Coolidge recreating an entire scene of Legally Blonde with Grande as Elle Woods.

The song talks about Grande’s exes, but the second part is all about self-discovery (“But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Ari). The movie references are strategic – though they all contain central love stories, they remain iconic because they are stories of female empowerment and a protagonist finding her voice amid all the noise.

And that shit’s amazing.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/ariana-grande-thank-u-next/

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Michael B. Jordan demonstrates just how fast his hands are

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“Having starred in two Creed movies and probably endured some pretty rigorous physical training, Michael B. Jordan is pretty quick on his feet — and fast with his hands.

On The Late Late Show, Jordan demonstrated to host James Corden just how quick he can actually move them.

In a game of good old try-to-slap-my-hand-before-I-move-it-away, Jordan beat a shrieking James Corden pretty convincingly.

Oh, Michael. Your hands are faster than the speed of our love for you.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/michael-b-jordan-james-corden-fast-hands/

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Idris Elba is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ for 2018

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(CNN)He’s still not James Bond, but for now this honor will do.

He is the 33rd man to hold the title and appears this week on the magazine’s cover.
Elba told the publication, “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ ” when he first learned he had been selected.
“Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today,’ ” the “Thor” star joked. “But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”
“Elba first became famous in the States for his portrayal of drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series “The Wire” (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company) and since then has branched out to the big screen.
His early days were far from sexy, Elba said, growing up “tall and skinny” at an all-boys school in London, where he played football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby.
Now considered one of Hollywood’s sex symbols, Elba said he definitely had an awkward stage as a youth.
“And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?,” he said. “I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”
Bonkers indeed.”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/entertainment/idris-elba-sexiest-man-alive/index.html

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