Justin Timberlake’s New NSFW Video

o-JUSTIN-TIMBERLAKE-TUNNEL-VISION-ARTWORK-570There Justin Timberlake goes again, pushing boundaries and playing by his own rules. On July 3rd, Justin released the video for his single “Tunnel Vision“. And the video is making waves. Only, it’s not getting attention for some cool dance sequence or the song’s lyrical content. People are talking because Justin decided to show naked women for the bulk of the video. As such, this video is of the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) variety and I have posted a link to it at the bottom of the post instead of embedding the content here.

Justin Timberlake has been on a journey over the last couple of years, really coming into his artistry and becoming more experimental. He’s taking more chances and trying to be more of a “grown -up” in comparison to his early N*SYNC days. The results of that are laid out on his album, The 20/20 Experience, and that same spirit is on display in this video.

But growing up is hard to do. Justin’s controversial offering was banned only hours after being posted to YouTube. And when the video was reinstated Monday (albeit with a content warning requiring user log-in), Rolling Stone pointed out that fellow crooner Robin Thicke’s video for “Blurred Lines”, which was also banned for nudity”, still remains banned. So what exactly did Timberlake do in this video to cause such an uproar?

Well, the setup is pretty simple. The color palette is black, white and shades of gray. There is lots of smoke. Timbaland’s beatboxing ad-libs are accentuated by close-ups of his mouth, and Justin shows some fancy footwork. The women, however, gyrate and contort amongst the smoke completely nude (except for nude colored panties). At times, they are the backdrop for Justin’s projected image. At other times, other artful light displays are projected onto their bodies. Truth be told, the images actually aren’t overly graphic. The whole piece is very artfully done; there is just heavy nudity.

And once you get over the initial shock of the nudity, you’ll be able to appreciate his vision. Though this is definitely not for the 17 and younger crowd, the song is plenty catchy, and I give him credit for aligning his vision in both the video and cover art for the single (seen above).

I just wonder what Jessica Biel had to say about it.

Watch the video here.

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Daren W. Jackson

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Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

1 Response

  1. Jamie says:

    Art is the key word here. The fact that he used the term “art” as a cop out and excuse to let this video actually mean something makes me ill. Both videos show gratuitous images of women flaunting their bodies for the men at their expense. Is it so hard now to be “artistic” that you have to diminish the value of a woman by flaunting her body carelessly just to receive notoriety? He knew what he was doing and it totally worked. Everyone is talking about this music video (which has a lackluster tune), but will probably go triple platinum because of this controvesry. SMDH at Justin for this.