Justin Timberlake sparks huge backlash over Golden Globes Instagram caption
As many of you will know by now, it was the Golden Globe Awards last night. The awards ceremony, which is one of the highlights on the showbiz calendar, was notable by the protest that dominated this year's show. Many of those in attendance decided to wear black, in solidarity with the women who have come forward over the past year to share their stories of being victims of sexual assault and harassment in the world of Hollywood.
On top of the black clothing, plenty of celebs also adorned badges with the slogan 'Time's Up' as part of the movement. The protest was carried out by the likes of Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and a host of other celebrities, both male and female.
One person who falls into the former is Justin Timberlake. JT, as he is commonly known, decided to get in on the act and wore an all-black ensemble to the event. Taking to his Instagram Twitter account, the former NSYNC singer uploaded a selfie of him and his wife Jessica Biel, with the caption:
"Here we come!! And DAMN, my wife is hot! #TIMESUP"
However, it's safe to say that people weren't too happy with the upload, with many taking the time to hurl some abuse at the "Sexy Back" singer.
Timberlake is currently working with Woody Allen - a man who has been at the centre of some rather serious sexual assault allegations over the years - something which many fans were keen to point out to the singer.
Timberlake will be starring in Allen's new movie, 'Wonder Wheel', alongside Kate Winslet, who has also been widely criticised for defending the director. Justin had previously spoken with excitement about working with Allen on the project:
"It felt like classic Hollywood. They would send the script to an actor and go, ‘We really want you for the part. Will you accept the part?’"
"I was like, 'I think he’s forgetting that he’s Woody Allen and that I’d love to work with him, honestly.'"
"So yeah, I read the script and didn’t even make a joke to play coy. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m in’".
Clothing wasn't the only way the A-listers were showing their commitment to the cause this year. Plenty of guests at the event arrived with campaigners for racial and sexual equality. Meryl Streep was accompanied by Ai-Jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign.
Speaking to E! on the red carpet, the actress said:
“I think people are aware now of a power imbalance and that is something that leads to abuse."
"It’s led to abuse in our own industry and in the domestic workers’ field of work, it’s in the military, it’s in Congress, it’s everywhere and we feel emboldened to stand together in a thick black line."
Poo added: "I hope people see the momentum and the energy and the fact we are uniting across all industries, saying we all deserve workplaces where we are safe and our work is valued."
It's safe to say that Timberlake's upload backfired. No doubt was he trying to be empowering by praising his wife and wearing a badge, but when you're working with someone who is at the centre of many sexual harassment accusations, your message will more than likely fall a bit flat.