Already facing a flood of negative publicity over an offensive video mocking homeless people that was shown at their lavish $6.5 million Italian wedding, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel announced they are returning the homeless man given to them as a wedding present.
“In my defense, I thought the homeless guy was Joey Fatone,” Timberlake told Hollywood & Swine referring to his former N’ Sync bandmate whom he didn’t invite to the wedding. “And I don’t know why everyone is so upset about that video. It’s not like we were showing our guests my film, ‘The Love Guru.’ ”
Timberlake’s friend and real estate agent, Justin Huchel, the man behind the controversial video, also took partial responsibility for giving 68-year-old Ted Feeney, a Los Angeles homeless man, to the bride and groom as a wedding present.
“When Andy Sandberg asked me what he should buy JT and Jessica, I simply told him they had registered for wedding gifts on Skid Row,” said Huchel. “It’s funny because we’re all rich and those homeless people aren’t.”
According to several wedding guests, Jessica Biel failed to find any amusement from the disturbing video or the homeless man she received as a gift.
“If I wanted my wedding ruined, I would have allowed Justin to invite all of the members of ‘N Sync,” Biel siad. “Up until this happened, starring in the ‘Total Recall’ remake was the most humiliating thing to happen to me this year.”
The Screen Actors Guild immediately criticized the tasteless video for not using SAG members in it. “If they wanted homeless people, they could have at least thought about hiring the thousands of unemployed actors in SAG currently living on the street,” SAG president Ken Howard.
Feeney, the homeless man given as a wedding present, says he has no ill will against Timberlake and Biel for his ordeal, especially since the newlyweds made it up to him by autographing a copy of their recent People magazine cover, featuring the wedding photos sold by the couple for $300,000.