To date, the furthest Justin Timberlake has gone in his pursuit of becoming Robin Thicke when he grows up is buying a flat iron and wearing Thicke’s old suits. But Timberlake’s desire to swagger jack isn’t limited to hair products because Timberlake is also copying the music video nudity, with Tunnel Vision somewhat imitating Blurred Lines, and the rape apologist song lyrics. Blurred Lines was criticised by certain feminist groups for its disturbing lyrics. And now some of the same groups found someone pissed in their Fruity Pebbles this morning when they learned Timberlake swagger jacked the name of a whole charity and made it into a song about sex. Timberlake’s new single is called Take Back the Night and if that sounds familiar, it’s because ‘Take Back the Night’ is already a thing if you know how to use Google. The sexual assault awareness organization, the Take Back The Night Foundation, tells Radar their name was used without permission and they’ve already sent a legal warning about it.
They explain, people usually ask to use the name then make a small donation to the foundation. ‘Everyone at Take Back the Night is really shocked because, normally, we get asked when people want to use the name,’ Take Back the Night Foundation Executive Director Katherine Koestner tells Radar. ‘Normally, entities as large as Justin Timberlake do very kind and thoughtful things to support our cause… We have some big concerns. For example, all of a sudden on Wikipedia, Take Back the Night has a different definition. That’s not been helpful… The lyrics are definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence. ‘Use me,’ for example, is not a great phrase for anyone affiliated with the organization. We tried to contact him through his website and got no answer. Then we sent him a letter Friday from our legal counsel saying ‘You used our name without our permission.’ His legal agent got back to us and said they’re sorry. His agent said ‘Justin’s a good guy! He’s a family man!’ They claimed he’d never heard of us before he wrote that song… Somebody working for him definitely messed up… Normally, they do have due diligence.’