Homeless Man Mocked In VIdeo Made For Justin Timberlake Wants An Apology
CNN reports that the homeless man included in a mock video produced by a friend of Justin Timberlake’s for his wedding celebration wants Timberlake to visit him on Skid Row.
Accompanied by Gloria Allred, the man, called Eddie, held a news conference on Skid Row on Monday.
He said: “I just want Justin Timberlake to come and talk to me about the things he can do to help us people that’s down and out and that’s lost things in our lives and not back on track.“
Allred said that Timberlake and his friends should “take action to provide meaningful assistance to Eddie and others like him.” She added: “This issue is not just about fans being upset or anyone being offended by a video. It is about people being down on their luck and in desperate need of help by those who are in a position to provide it. Mr. Timberlake, you, and your friends and others are in a position to provide that help.“
The video was called “Greetings From Your Hollywood Friends Who Just Couldn’t Make It”. It wasn’t shown at the wedding, which took place in Italy in October. Allred said it was produced for a related event. Eddie was one of several people in the video who are shown in the video, wishing the two well.
Eddie said that while he was paid $40 to appear in the video, he didn’t know it would make fun of him and his friends. He said in the video: “Jessica and Justin, I haven’t seen y’all in a long time. My gift is in the mail.”
He added at the conference: “We’re human beings and we need to be noticed and appreciated, just like other people. Not just to take a video of a person and put it in a rich wedding and everybody laugh about it, or whatever, like it was a joke on the homeless people.“
Timberlake write a letter on his website in which he apologized for the “silly, unsavory” video. He said it was made by his “knucklehead” friend without his cooperation or knowledge. He said: “I don’t live my life making fun of people (unless, of course, I’m making fun of myself on SNL)… Especially, those who are less fortunate or those in need. I grew up with a family and community that instilled ideals in me like hard work, honesty and empathy.“
He added that he wasn’t involved but “by association, I am holding myself accountable.”
Eddie has lived on the streets for “six or seven years” and was hoping for a job as a clerk, custodian, caretaker or construction worker. He said: “Once upon a time, I did have a job and was living good, and my mother passed and a lot of things hurt me within myself and by me not having a job, I kind of fell short of money. And you know, if you don’t have any finances, you don’t have nothing to pay rent or anything like that you become on the street.“
Next Friday will be his 58th birthday, which he’ll spend on the street just like he did Christmas. His only family members are two daughters who live in another state.