The newest video is a surreal new step onto new political territory for Justin Timberlake.
With images like Harvey Weinstein showing up in a TV with flashes of the #MeToo Movement, as well as a burning Illuminati-pyramid of money, and signs that say “End Racism Now,” the video takes a dive into what seems like an edgy art piece that’s supposed to tell us something. But what that something is… We’re not exactly sure the end game.
This isn’t the first time that Justin tries to take on social issues, but a lot of the time, he’s failed due to being severely out of touch or being even perp of the issue.
Things like appropriating Black culture come to mind, as Justin has leaned toward Hip-Hop for many years, as well as working with Woody Allen and then wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes.
Eiza González is the main woman in the flick, who is helping to lead a revolution, whatever the revolution is. The word is even plastered behind her in front of a crowd of women, which one who’s lifting a car with JT sitting on it says “P***Y Grabs Back,” which is a dig at Donald Trump‘s derogatory comments in his “Locker Room Talk” scandal. Pharrell Williams, who also produced the track (CLEARLY) also pops up in the video for a short segment – but more of just a Hype Man, rather than a leader of the revolution.
Directed by Dave Meyers, the video takes a turn when a child in an apocalyptic pile of dirt a la ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ comes full front into the camera and says “Just leave! Die already! Die already! You’re still asleep! Wake up! Please! We’re good!”
We’re not exactly sure who he’s telling to die, or if the issues are what he’s hoping to die, but either way, as Justin told a crowd according to E! during a private listening party, he’s clearly not “going to go all Ray LaMontange” on us, meaning he’s not going indie country despite the title of ‘Man Of The Woods.’
Watch the video here, and begin to wonder what stunts he will pull at the Super Bowl Half Time Show, which will air on February 4, just a mere two days after the album is released.
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