In recent discussions, legendary record producer Timbaland has sparked outrage among Britney Spears‘ dedicated fanbase. During a panel conversation, Timbaland made remarks that many found objectionable regarding Britney Spears’ highly-publicized memoir, “The Woman in Me.” The controversy surrounds his comments on her alleged behavior and his involvement in the hit song “Cry Me a River” with Justin Timberlake.
Timbaland referred to the resurgence of attention on “Cry Me a River” due to the success of Britney Spears’ memoir. He insinuated that the “Toxic” singer had been acting erratically, which he deemed noteworthy.
At a recent event, “Sounds Architects: A Producer Conversation,” held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, on October 30, Timbaland made a lighthearted quip, saying, “I wanted to call and say, ‘JT, you gotta put a muzzle on that.” While this comment elicited laughter from the audience, it raised eyebrows on X.
Britney Spears’ supporters expressed their dismay over Timbaland’s comments. One social media user highlighted the insensitivity of Timbaland’s remark, considering the challenges Britney Spears has faced under her conservatorship. “Timbaland saying that Justin Timberlake should have put a ‘muzzle’ on Britney is actually INSANE considering Britney has been treated like a caged animal for the past 13 years,” they remarked.
Another user referred to Timbaland’s comment as “disgusting,” while a third labeled it as misogynistic and malicious, considering Britney Spears’ life events. Many criticized the audience’s reaction to the comment, with one person suggesting that the audience might have consisted mostly of straight men.
During the interview, Timbaland continued to express his negative opinions about Britney Spears’ memoir. He implied that the actress and singer, aged 41, was seeking attention in the age of social media. Timbaland stated, “You know what? We live in the age of social media and … everybody wants to go viral. I get it because that’s the way you make money, to go viral.”
In light of the controversy surrounding Timbaland’s comments, it’s evident that his statements have struck a chord with Britney Spears’ passionate fanbase, raising questions about the responsibility of public figures in discussing sensitive matters in a respectful manner.