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How Can Justin Timberlake Still Objectify Black Women And Get Away With It?

Ro | 03/24/2009 at 1:30 PM |

Someone please explain why Justin Timberlake continually gets a pass to fetishize and exploit the image of Black women. Right now. Because after watching him aggressively pulling on a chain wrapped around Ciara's neck only to later use her bending body as a leaning post in her new video for "Love Sex Magic," it's getting ludicrously difficult to understand.

It been years since "Nipplegate" after which he distanced himself from Janet Jackson, cowardly allowing her to endure the overly harsh criticism alone. The outcry against his actions from those of us in the indignant minority was quickly overshadowed by an increase in album sales, multiple music awards and an increase in his Pop stardom miming Black music and culture. Instead of subjecting his next project with trepidation--let alone dismissal--nearly every "urban" club, radio station and music channel on the planet had the masses bumping to a song with a hook that's about shackles, whipping and slavery.

From behind a wry smile and with his hair faded he actually tarnished a reigning, Black Pop star's image arguably beyond repair by exposing her breast on national television and then built his street cred further by bringing sexy back, Middle Passage style. He's transitioned from the post-racialist's pop culture dream of somewhat harmlessly lusting after beautiful Black love interest in the video for "Like I Love You" into something more sinister. He uses the scapegoat of S&M edginess in which he is the aggressor, the dominant force, to subordinate his object of desire when she is Black.

He distanced himself from those undertones in using shackles (why not a different two syllable kinky word like handcuffs, Justin? Or latex, like the piece you tore off of Miss Jackson?) and whipping in the song by making himself the slave, and in the video by making lusty faces with a White woman. But all of the soft edginess and ambgious sexism and racism has become the central M.O. for him in the video for "Love Sex Magic."

It's not even his song but in the video he's in the opening scene, pulling on a chained Ciara. Whenever the two are interacting she is doing all kinds of sexy acrobatics for him--crawling over him, stick out her *** for him to lean on, bumping him with her breasts--but he can barely be bothered to look her in the face half of the time...and he's on screen a lot. She looks desparate, and he looks like a pimp. As the video progresses and their roles become more evident it gets more disgusting.

Yes, Ciara is grown and autonomous. So is Janet. But that just makes his ability to exploit their collaborations to the point that they are subjegated to his dominance, wittingly or not, more protestable. Additionally, it seems that at this point active defense, tacit approval, or even celebration of this behavior/persona is beyond ignorant and only subjegates women further. The "that's capitalism" and "it's just entertainment!" defenses also fall short because both are integral aspects of our shared culture and have impact beyond the superficialities of the music industry hustle and streaming videos online. Dig deeper than that.

So the question stands: Why does he still get a pass?

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That author needs to lighten up. It's the entertainment business, for crying out loud.

There's no ethics in that business. They'll do whatever it takes to get noticed and it works. Plus, Janet and Ciara are grown women who are allowing themselves to be objectified by a white male. Sounds as if that author just has a problem with Timberlake in general.

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Justin is a popular figure. The author is basically using him as pawn in order to bring this issue to light. This issue has been around for years. Nothing about it is going to change unless the women just say enough. Plus it does look like this person has something against Justin.

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But I guess it's ok when it's a black man Objectifying black women in the music videos? Somebody should remind this author about some of the things rappers have done in music videos (imo way worst than the Ciara and Justin thing). You ever see the one where Nelly slides a credit card down a black woman's butt crack?

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But I guess it's ok when it's a black man Objectifying black women in the music videos? Somebody should remind this author about some of the things rappers have done in music videos (imo way worst than the Ciara and Justin thing). You ever see the one where Nelly slides a credit card down a black woman's butt crack?

I was just about to post a very similar comment.

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But I guess it's ok when it's a black man Objectifying black women in the music videos? Somebody should remind this author about some of the things rappers have done in music videos (imo way worst than the Ciara and Justin thing). You ever see the one where Nelly slides a credit card down a black woman's butt crack?

Tip Drill. Lucky credit card. :P

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But I guess it's ok when it's a black man Objectifying black women in the music videos? Somebody should remind this author about some of the things rappers have done in music videos (imo way worst than the Ciara and Justin thing). You ever see the one where Nelly slides a credit card down a black woman's butt crack?

TIP DRILL!!!!! shwty what my name is was in that video. :lol: that was a bad video.

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That's right, I remember Spelman wouldn't let him perform on their campus after that song came out :lol: .

Man I had an issue with that. There has to be a time when you understand that entertainment is just that entertainment. Yet i bet you those same girls were getting naked on hot in herrre!!!

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