In light of the release of New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, many have expressed outrage over the way Britney was dragged by the media and ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s. Although the pop stars dated nearly 20 years ago, fans have been newly riled up over the doc and many have since demanded that Justin apologize for his cruelty towards Britney during the fallout of their very public breakup. Back in the aughts, when men could do no wrong and women were disproportionately scrutinized by the media, the public narrative heavily sided with Justin, which arguably contributed to Britney’s tarnished image.
On Friday, Justin posted an apology on Instagram, which has only caused Twitter to roast him even harder. Many argued that lumping Janet Jackson and Britney Spears into one screenshot notes app apology was in bad taste, while others mocked him for waiting decades to say sorry. Though some are satisfied with the singer’s attempt to hold himself accountable, the general sentiment seems to be that Justin’s forced and lackluster apology is too little too late. He’s probably scrolling through Twitter as we speak, thinking, ‘the damage is done, so I guess I’ll be leaving.’
We’ve collected some of the spiciest Twitter reactions to Justin’s Instagram apology.