Justin Timberlake is sorry he ever brought up the subject of Taylor Hicks, because now that he's being criticized for criticizing, he's eating his words. His publicist released a defensive statement whining that Justin's words were "taken completely out of context." Gee, what part of "He can't carry a tune in a bucket," can possibly be misunderstood as anything other than a diss?
The former boy band singer told Fashion Rocks magazine that he has disdain for the American Idol TV show, and then really stepped in it when he declared that he didn't see a long-term music career for 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," Timberlake said.
"If he has any skeletons whatsoever - if, God forbid, he's gay - and 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."
However, his publicist Ken Sunshine insists Timberlake wasn't trying to criticize Hicks: "These comments are taken completely out of context. Justin only wishes him well. He has great affection for anybody that puts himself out there the way he did."