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The Word: Justin Timberlake slams critics: 'You sound like a d—khead'

Justin Timberlake has had a tough autumn.

Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake doesn't take kindly to criticism. Credit: Metro File Photo

Justin Timberlake has had a tough autumn. His little-seen film "Runner Runner" and his album, "The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2,"were both panned by critics. Variety even ran a piece titled "Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting."

For a guy who's been beloved basically his whole career, the sudden change in fortune is bound to be a bit bewildering. "Where did all this vitriol come from? It's mean. And I'm not cut out for it," he told GQ.

That much is clear: He seems to have no clue how to muzzle himself when someone hurts his feelings. "The movie didn't do well at the box office, so I shouldquit?Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn't have said that. I have the No. 1 album this week, and I shouldn't have released it?Come on, man. You sound like a d—khead. ... It just shocked me because, like, you'retrade magazines.None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it," he added.

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Of course they can't. That's why they're critics. Could Justin Timberlake write cutting puns about former critical darlings? Actually he'd probably do just fine at that.

 
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