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 should quit? 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're trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it," he added.
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.