A video shown at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s nuptials has caused controversy after vagrants were paid to appear in it
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel should be basking in the bliss of being newlyweds following their lavish Italian wedding over the weekend, but their big day has been tarnished after a video shown at the party appeared to exploit homeless people.
As a special wedding gift, Justin’s close friend, real estate agent, Justin Huchel filmed a video entitled ‘Greetings from Your Hollywood Friends Who Just Couldn’t Make It.’ It featured interviews with ten people, many of them homeless and some reportedly appeared intoxicated who were paid to say scripted lines to the celebrity couple pretending they knew them.
The montage of messages were shown to guests at the wedding but soon leaked online with gawker.com obtaining the video. The website reports a ‘toothless’ man tells the camera: ‘Justin and Jessica, I haven’t seen you for a long time, I hope the wedding goes fine for you. My gift is in the mail.’
A transvestite also appeared on screen, warning the bride: ‘Good luck and watch your man.’
Following the news Twitter was awash with angry posts, @GregortheMendel tweeted: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel: Homeless, ill people are not funny. Wedding fodder for you?’
@Part_Deux said: ‘And we’re to believe they care about the poor, and the rich 1%ers like Timberlake exploiting the less fortunate.’
Mr Huchel’s lawyers scrambled to get the footage shut down and wrote to gawker.com saying: ‘Mr. Huchel made [the] video to be used and exhibited privately at Justin Timberlake’s wedding as a private joke without Mr. Timberlake’s knowledge.’
What do you think of the video gift? Does it exploit homeless people? Was it bad taste? Have your say below.
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