Why in the world would Justin Timberlake, a "Mickey Mouse Club" alum and Lou Pearlman-ized former boy band member, criticize anyone who got his musical career started through a TV show?
The "SexyBack" singer landed on the Soul Patrol's hit list when he dared to make derogatory comments about "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks.
"People think he looks so normal, and he's so sweet and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket," says Timberlake in a Vanity Fair Fashion Rocks supplement.
The ex-'N Sync member, who hails from Memphis, Tennessee, also doubts the staying power of Hicks' popularity with his Southern fan base.
"If [Hicks] has any skeletons whatsoever, if God forbid, he's gay, and if all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like, 'Oh my god, I voted for a queer!' It's just too much pressure." speculates Timberlake. Incidentally, ol' JT isn't homophobic, given that he supported his former bandmate Lance Bass' recent decision to come out.
As for the hit FOX reality show that rocketed Hicks to stardom, the pop singer reluctantly admits, "I despise it, yet I'm completely fascinated."
It's uncertain whence Timberlake's enmity springs, since rep Ken Sunshine insists the two singers have never met. The flack also says that Timberlake "only wishes him well. He has great affection for anybody that puts himself out there the way he did. These comments are taken completely out of context."
Timberlake, 25, recently saw his big-screen breakout dreams dashed when his star-studded "Edison Force" skipped theaters and was released straight to DVD in July. Not to worry though, he can still look forward to the theatrical releases of "Alpha Dog" (which has been in the can for a while), Richard Kelly's "Soutland Tales," "Black Snake Moan" and "Shrek the Third," starring opposite the voice of his girlfriend Cameron Diaz.
His album "Futuresex/Lovesounds" drops on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
"American Idol" is currently holding auditions in various locations nationwide for its next season.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times