Black People : Black Leaders Express Outrage Over ABC-TV Selection of Justin Timberlake

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  1. HODEE

    HODEE Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Black Leaders Express Outrage Over ABC-TV Selection of Justin Timberlake as Co-Host of "Motown 45" Special


    A coalition of prominent African American organizations and leaders are demanding that the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) remove entertainer Justin Timberlake as co-host of "Motown 45," the upcoming ABC-TV special. Outraged over the selection of Timberlake to co-host this musical celebration, the coalition is launching a national e-mail, fax and phone campaign against ABC to protest Timberlake's inclusion in the Motown tribute.

    Motown has a proud and historic legacy of being one of America's greatest musical institutions. It has launched the careers of some of the most prominent African American artists in recording history including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Commodores, Lionel Ritchie, The Temptations and the Jackson Five. "The selection of Timberlake as co-host of this Motown special is a cultural insult to the black community," says Najee Ali, Executive Director, Project Islamic HOPE. "This special, celebrating the success of the legendary music label, should not be compromised in the pursuit of a crossover audience."

    In addition, Timberlake's recent handling of the Super Bowl incident has been met with harsh criticism in the black community. He immediately distanced himself following his performance with Janet Jackson and failed to accept his responsibility in the "wardrobe malfunction." "I mean I was completely shocked and appalled, and all I could say was, 'Oh, my God, Oh, my God,'" Timberlake told reporters at a recent Grammy rehearsal.

    "We cannot support Justin Timberlake co-hosting Motown 45," says Ali. "We are asking concerned citizens to call, fax and email ABC-TV in protest."

    Call (818) 460-7777, e-mail and send your letters to:

    Alex Wallau
    President
    ABC Television Network
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521
    [email protected]

    Lloyd Braun
    Chairman
    ABC Entertainment Television Group
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521
    [email protected]

    Andrea Wong
    Senior Vice President
    Alternative Series and Specials
    ABC Entertainment
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521
    [email protected]
     
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    HODEE Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I sent mine

    I sent mine. It is unfair for Justin to be getting media coverage. Negative or positive. It is still helping him as a marketing tool. Janet thought this would do the same for her. She was fooled. By her so-called friend and ex-lover Mr. Timberlake. Her show at the super bowl has cost her roles at ABC in the making of Lena Horns movie. Mr. Timberlake is being rewarded.. on show after show. Now he gets to co-host the Motown show.
     
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    Have no fear Hodee, Timberlake isn't doing the Motown special. His official statement is that it conflicts with a movie he is working on; however, it is obvious that he "bowed" to the pressure. I think Timberlake's selection was an insult to the black community even without the Janet Jackson incident, so I'm glad to see him move on.
     
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