Of course, Britney's hotly anticipated The Woman in Me is now out. Voicing the audiobook is none other than Oscar-nominated actor Michelle Williams. While a number of revelations from the book are incredibly moving, especially over the injustice Britney faced during her conservatorship, there's one particular segment about Britney's ex that's been making the rounds.
You can listen to the excerpt here:
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In case you need a transcript, the excerpt says of Justin, “His band NSYNC was what people back then called ‘so pimp.’ They were white boys, but they loved hip-hop. To me, that’s what separated them from the Backstreet Boys, who seemed very consciously to position themselves as a white group. NSYNC hung out with Black artists. Sometimes, I thought they tried too hard to fit in."
A run-in with a famous Black artist is where things got...interesting. Michelle as Britney continued, "One day, [Justin] and I were in New York, going to parts of town I’d never been to before. Walking our way was a guy wearing a huge blinged-out medallion. He was flanked by two giant security guards. J got all excited and said so loud, ‘Oh yeah. Fo’ shiz. Fo’ shiz. Ginuwine what’s up homie?’"
"After Ginuwine walked away, Felicia did an impression of J: ‘Oh yeah. Fo’ siz. Fo’ siz. Ginuwine…’ J wasn’t even embarrassed. He just took it and looked at her like, ‘Okay, fuck you Felicia,'” she concluded.
The clip, with Michelle's narration, quickly started to gain traction:
lol brit got my white sister michelle williams saying WHAT! https://t.co/1jFJpWSHqL
— Brittany Luse (@bmluse) October 24, 2023
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Michelle Williams is doing performance art here, you see https://t.co/oEqFmQpOiL
— Charles PM (@CharlesPulliam) October 24, 2023
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(white) Michelle Williams doing an impression of Britney doing an impression of Justin Timberlake doing an impression of a Black person - this is art. https://t.co/HSx5CRa2ja
— Otegha K. Uwagba (@OteghaUwagba) October 24, 2023
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Especially as some noted Justin's apparent use of a "blaccent":
I gagged when it was revealed who Justin Timberlake was throwing on a blaccent for. 😭 https://t.co/POQaheHzfz
— issa rae’s favorite interviewer. (@TheGreatIsNate) October 24, 2023
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And some brought up a throwback photo that Ginuwine posted with Justin in 2013:
— Ira (@iramadisonthree) October 24, 2023
As well as bringing up some of Justin's...other performances:
— anti jumpings (@phxxking) October 24, 2023
The Woman in Me is available as an audiobook and hardback.