Justin Timberlake will probably ‘perform’ with Hologram Prince at the Super Bowl

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Only white dudes get “second chances,” which is how Justin Timberlake got Super Bowl Half-Time gig this year. He will perform at this evening’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis. I was expecting it to be The Justin Timberlake Show, because everything is The Justin Timberlake Show. He can’t even walk a red carpet to support his wife’s Golden Globe nomination without turning it into The “Look At Me, I Am Justin Timberlake, The Most Important Person In The World” Show. But reports now say that Justin is going to share the stage with someone very special: Prince. Or, Hologram Prince. Nope.

Sources inside rehearsal tell us JT did 4 run-throughs, just on Thursday. We’re told one was a dress rehearsal that was taped for emergency … just in case anything happens to JT and he can’t perform.

Our sources also reveal there are no ‘NSYNC or Janet Jackson cameos planned … so anyone hoping for a reunion or redemption … you can pretty much abandon all hope. HOWEVER, we’re told Justin does have one pretty cool trick up his sleeve — a hologram to honor … wait for it … Prince, in his hometown. Of course, plans and strategies can change … but an overhaul at this point seems unlikely.

[From TMZ]

First they hologram’d Tupac at Coachella and I said nothing. Then they hologram’d Prince for the Super Bowl, and now I’m saying something: BITCH PLEASE. I guess now that Justin is “white again,” he can only cavort with African-Americans if they’re in hologram form. Granted, I understand why Timberlake would want to do something to honor Prince in his hometown. But the best way to honor him would be, like, just setting up some huge video monitors and replaying Prince’s infamous Half-Time show where he sang “Purple Rain” as actual rain poured down.

Two more points: it was widely believed for YEARS before Prince’s death that he never really cared for Justin Timberlake personally or professionally. Two, Prince found the whole “hologram performance” thing to be macabre AF.

The More You Know: OG Prince would have found Hologram Prince to be demonic. While I hate to even suggest this, perhaps it would much less offensive if Justin just, I don’t know, covered a Prince song? It’s still going to suck, of course. But Prince explicitly did not want to come back in hologram form. Respect that. Incidentally, Prince’s brother said on Twitter this weekend that Hologram Prince isn’t going to happen, but honestly… this sounds exactly like something Justin Timberlake would do.

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  1. Kazzzzz says:

    He’s such a dick, I cannot stand this vile egomaniac.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Ditto

    • DesertReal says:

      You’re not alone.
      Even if it was less of a hologram and more of a giant projection of Prince.

    • Helenw says:

      An uber talentless voiceless and arrogant performance and yes, he did dare to drag The Prince into it and perform “a duet”. Can’t stand this person who needs to cling to the dead who were truly big talents to pull off his cheap “show”.

  2. pwal says:

    Well, dude was iced out of the MJ MTV VMAs tribute so… naw dude, I doubt that Prince fans will stand for this. Hello… Madonna tried it… didn’t wash at all.

  3. RBC says:

    If the hologram Prince walks up to Justin, slaps him upside the head and says” Bitch please, this is how you do a halftime show” Then Janet Jackson struts on stage to do a duet with the hologram Prince. THAT would be acceptable

    • smcollins says:

      If only! Prince’s response of “sexy didn’t go anywhere” to JT’s “Sexy Back” was on point & priceless. And knowing that Prince was against the use of holigramming deceased artists only makes JT (and the producers, too) look like more of a narcissistic douchebag. Who knew that was possible?

      • Nicole says:

        Yep and JT was super petty towards him because of it. Largely rumored that Give It to Me was partly about Prince and Janet.
        Seriously more reason for me to skip the super bowl. I cannot believe his estate would do this to Prince

      • Holly Wouldn't says:

        Did Prince say that? Hahaha, definitely priceless!

      • tmot says:

        He’s right, too.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Ha! Now THAT halftime show with JT is one I WOULD watch! Lol

      Several news channels here have already slapped down the rumours of a hologram of Prince retutning. And apparently Janet Jackson said no, too.

    • tback says:

      #janetjacksonappreciationday is trending on twitter

  4. Mia4s says:

    Apparently if it was going to happen it’s not anymore. Someone clued the Man of the Woods in to Prince’s comments. Don’t ever tell me about celebrities: “oh they MUST have known that”. They don’t. They’re mostly narcissistic and oblivious.

  5. RedOnTheHead says:

    This vaguely talented (I’m being generous) douchebro asshat is not fit to clean Princes’ boots. I hope someone can stop him before he does something this stupid. Leave Prince alone, JT! And you suck btw.

  6. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Boooo! Hisss! You suck Timberfake and you will never have an ounce of the talent Prince had ! 😡

  7. Nev says:

    #NeverForget

    That’s all.

  8. Emily says:

    Everyone’s a Prince fan now. Where were you when he was alive?

    • Capepopsie says:

      We were here, thankfully he could speak for himself, something he is not able to now, which is why people are doing so in his behalf.

    • MellyMel says:

      Girl, what you talking about? Everybody loved and still loves Prince. He’s no longer here to throw shade and give a side eye to this bs, so we’re doing it for him.

    • Anon33 says:

      Wtf kind of question is this? I’ve been down for Prince since I was FOUR YEARS OLD-the Purple Rain cassette was the first tape I ever owned. I’ve been here since DAY ONE, honey.

      • Emily says:

        Because a lot of people had forgotten him and, unfortunately, were only reminded when he died. If you haven’t bought a Prince album since “Purple Rain” in 1984, you AREN’T fan. He had about a million incarnations since then.

    • milla says:

      Are you fan police? I even watched new girl just to see and hear him.

    • Lynn says:

      I hear you Emily. No disrespect to those of you who are true fans, but she’s right: if you don’t own any albums he released after 1984, then no, you aren’t really a fan. I’m tired of all the people claiming to be fans yet can’t name one song of his that wasn’t played on the radio back in the 80s. I actually went to see a Prince tribute band at a resort, saw all these women down front going crazy, having fun. Went to the so called after party at the bar and asked the DJ to play Erotic City. HE DID NOT KNOW THE SONG. He was not a kid, he was in his 40′s. I came back near my husband, saw all the ladies that were down front, screaming their heads off at the tribute and I asked them, “ladies, who sings Erotic City?’ they looked at each other completely bewildered. They didn’t know either. These bitches, going crazy at the PRINCE tribute did not know Erotic City. That’s the kind of shit that gets me riled.

  9. Jker says:

    Unless the guest act (Janet, prince, etc) 4 member/5th harmonys his ass off stage and takes over, this sh!tshow will not be watchable.

  10. AbbyRose says:

    I’m going to be watching Janet Jackson and Prince videos on YouTube while this halftime “show” is going on.

  11. Nicole says:

    Looks like Shiela E is the only one looking out for Prince’s legacy because she confirmed it’s not happening.
    That and the fact that Prince was trending yesterday may have clued JT’s team that WE DONT WANT

  12. Ally says:

    This is some Black Mirror “Black Museum” bull$&@. Pure digital slavery.

    Specifically, Timberlake beefed with Prince in the past when Prince made it clear he didn’t respect him, and now he intends to marionette him to the service of his lame-ass career? NO. Shame on his estate for allowing this.

    A good sum-up in this Twitter thread:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/angelinaburnett/status/959879225808273408

  13. Cintra.C says:

    Ugh, No.

  14. Neelyo says:

    Nobody watch it!!! I can’t boycott because I don’t watch anyway, but please, everyone turn away during halftime.

    • Ally says:

      Hell yes. And I hope the stadium audience boos.

      What a message for the NFL to send after these years of black players standing up for the rights to dignity and life of fellow African-Americans. Literally: “we’ll make you dance to our tune.”

  15. Carol Hill says:

    #NeverForget!!! Prince is a GOD. Timberlake who?

  16. Jeezelouisie says:

    He’s not fit to share a stage with Limp Bizkit, let alone the genius that was Prince. Ugh. Go away, Timberlake, no-one’s buying your bs anymore.

  17. sunnydeereynolds says:

    I got a second hand embarrassment watching that corny asz hillbilly Man of the woods music video he released a few days ago.

  18. milla says:

    I am so happy about this. I needed another reason to hate Timberfak.

    Rock in heaven, Prince

  19. sweetpea says:

    I almost want JT to do it so it can epically fail, once again ruin a Super Bowl halftime show and in the end, blame the hologram for the failure.

    On another note, thank you to CB for opening my eyes to this douche knob and helping me discover my absolute disdain for this boob.

  20. minx says:

    OH, this guy.

  21. Liberty says:

    I loathe JT. And now I loathe him even more. He actually rented out Prnce’s Paisley Park estate since Thursday, for pre-SB parties, which totally disgusts me. JT is a narcissistic pipsqueak trampling upon the footsteps of true genius.

    • Christin says:

      He really is full of himself, isn’t he? I hope he gets booed out of Minneapolis this evening.

      It is completely disrespectful to ignore someone’s wishes, and their personal beliefs/convictions.

    • Abbess Tansy says:

      JT rented out Paisley Park? I bet some of the Minneapolis folks weren’t happy about that. He’s so full of himself.

  22. HelloSunshine says:

    Someone on another site reminded me that Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness and they wondered if the use of the word demonic was more literal than we’re all thinking. I know nothing about the religion but thought it was an interesting take. JT sucks and I’m super over his whole “use black people for fame but don’t acknowledge it” and “I have an album coming out, time to put Britney Spears’ name to get publicity.” I don’t get how this self centered pos is still a thing

  23. Skins says:

    I would rather see Ringo than this tool

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Ringo could get on stage and point and laugh at JT while holding his Oscar in his hand. Sigh, dreams…

  24. Stella in NH says:

    I am watching the Super Bowl to watch my beloved Patriots. I will NOT be watching the halftime show because Timberlake is such a douchebag for letting Janet take the fall in the 2001 one.

  25. Miss M says:

    When bis name was announced as the halftime show performance, I said here I didn’t care if my team (Patriots) didn’t make to the Superbowl.
    Oh well… I will probably watch just half of the game and excuse myself before the halftime show begins.
    I will not give this narcissitic douch any airtime. My time is precious…
    Ps: Leave Prince alone, opportunistic little b!tch!

  26. Bridget says:

    You mean JT who also had a listening event at Paisley Park sponsored by Am Ex with beer for sale – directly contradicting Prince’s wishes? Yeah, he’s a dick.

  27. Sparkly says:

    I think hologram performances are wrong anyway, but especially if the guy specifically said he doesn’t agree with them. I hope that doesn’t happen.

  28. Renee2 says:

    This is so disgusting and disturbing on so many levels. The use of Black people as foils for his mediocre music. His riding on the coattails of an artist who so clearly disdained him. Him selling alcohol at Paisley Park, which Prince would not have agreed to. He is so utterly disrespectful. It is at times like these that I am grateful for social media, so that people can continue to call his ass out.

    • milla says:

      No respect for black people
      No respect for Prince as an artist
      No respect for his religion
      No respect for his wishes

      Am i missing something? Cannot believe George Micheal had a crush on the little ahole jay tea.

  29. Nope says:

    Is he still as popular as he used to be? I’ve hardly heard people talk about this new album of his. If he goes through with this, he’s going to grow incredibly unpopular very quickly.

  30. me says:

    I heard the half time show is twice as long this year. JT said there’s going to be things “never done” at a half-time show before. He must have “guests” or why on earth would he need double the time? I’m guessing JT himself is not going to sing any Prince songs. I think he’s going to have a “guest” do one or two Prince songs, so if there is backlash, it will go towards the “guest” instead. I def don’t think Janet will be there…not if she has any self-respect. I do think Britney might though !

  31. Mar says:

    It’s been confirmed that there is no hologram of Prince by Sheila E.
    That being said, he will probably cover a song or 2?

  32. Joannie says:

    He’s an incredible performer and puts 110% into his performances. I’ll watch halftime just because of him.

  33. Nev says:

    #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay is trending on Twitter.

    Bahahahaha hahahaha hahahaha

    #NeverForget

  34. tw says:

    I can’t stand this narcissistic douche and his squeakyass voice. How on earth did he get the half-time show?

  35. Babs says:

    Janet said she won’t be There, THANK GOD.

  36. The Original Mia says:

    He was going to do it. The only reason he isn’t was the backlash, which was loud and universal. This punk…I despise him.

  37. Girlie says:

    So many people mad about the Janet Jackson fiasco when she was in on it…

    • BJ says:

      He was in on it as well, but did his career suffer? NO
      Was he banned from The Grammys that year? NO
      Bye

      • BJ says:

        He is to blame for throwing her under the bus and acting like he had no idea what was happening.For acting like he was innocent.
        Bye

  38. magnoliarose says:

    Just another reason to avoid the Superbowl. I am not interested, but this means I won’t even tune in for the halftime show.
    I can’t stand the vile created known as Timberlake. He looks creepy af. Like he just left a white power retreat in Idaho.

  39. BJ says:

    I was never going to watch anyway.

  40. Shappalled says:

    I find JT too vanilla to like or hate.

  41. Bee says:

    Putting aside the potential Prince sacrilege, could they have chosen a more “over” person to perform? He’s got like one notable song and even that is a misnomer because he’s like the least sexy person ever.

  42. 88chicks says:

    First they had one of Dr. King’s speeches doing a voiceover on a Dodge Ram commercial, now Prince is a hologram at the half time show. I have so much secondhand embarrassment for these people.

    Worst HT show in a long time.

  43. Tallia says:

    Watched the performance. Lawd, what a narcissist. Unreal. No guest performers. A hologram Prince that he tried to sing over. What an arse.

  44. India Rose says:

    I live here and thought they did this very tastefully. JT has been dropping in around town, being really kind to fans.

    As you saw, the hologram was actually a dim projection on a waving sheet, brief & beautiful. They somehow turned the lights on the blocks around the stadium purple, in the shape of Prince’s symbol. My mom is in her 60s and even she gasped and started crying.

    I can’t stress how much this man did for our city, how beloved he was and how much he is missed. They needed to acknowledge him and they did so respectfully.

    Say what you want about JT personally, but he is a gifted dancer, pianist & performer. It was an energetic show that did an especially nice job honoring the city. I was surprised how much he called out Minneapolis. It was sweet. I’m grateful.

    • BendyWendy says:

      I thought it was well done as well. It wasn’t a hologram, Prince’s vocals were played, and Justin sang back up.

      I know the CB crowd hates him, but it was one of the most fun halftime shows I’m awhile. And yes, he still has fans, in their 30s, 40s, 20s, and the 10 and under set. Probably not do much the teens and tweens, though.

  45. Anare says:

    I wasn’t going to watch then I did and I couldn’t believe he went through with putting Ptince up there and singing with him. Disrespectful. Exploitative. Self-serving douche. 😒😡

  46. Seraphina says:

    I thought it was in poor tatste and I’m a huge Prince fan and I like Justine. I don’t think he’s much of a singer but he is a performer and he’s quite talented as a comedic actor. BUT, like I said, very poor taste. Even my kids and their friends (who are 14) were like WTW????