Justin Timberlake has tried to emulate quite a few different musicians over the years; many of his moves used to belong to legends like Michael Jackson and Prince. It appears that Timberlake is using using Katy Perry as his female role model, though. That might seem crazy, but JT's behavior almost perfectly mirrors Perry's.
It's not just that Timberlake headlined the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, like Katy Perry did three years earlier. (Although, of course, this was not JT's first Super Bowl performance.) The two musicians are also similar because of the political nature of some of their music and the somewhat disappointing lead singles from their recent albums. While they both have some massively huge hits (Timberlake put out more than a few bangers), their careers are going off in some weird, risky new directions. When you look at these parallels between Timberlake and Perry, you'll wonder if JT has suddenly selected her as his new career compass.
They Both Get Upstaged By More Interesting Performers
Not many people talked about Katy Perry's halftime performance after the 2015 Super Bowl. Instead, it was all about a totally different performer - Left Shark. This uncoordinated sea creature stole the show, and the internet could not get enough of it.
Justin Timberlake also got upstaged at the Super Bowl. Two people were more interesting than he was in 2018. First, a giant projected image of Prince was more engaging when the two performed a virtual duet of "I Would Die 4 U." After Prince, there was the "Selfie Kid," who Justin made sure to take a picture with when the kid was just scrolling through his phone.217Do you buy this?
Neither Of Them Are Considered Inappropriate Anymore
Katy Perry burst onto the scene in 2008 with song "I Kissed A Girl," a provocative tune that some found inappropriate. However, Perry headlined the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, indicating that she became safe enough to appeal to the big game's mass audience. Of course, one of the big reasons Super Bowl producers like to play it safe is because of the 2004 halftime show incident.
But while Justin Timberlake was a more edgy choice 14 years ago, he suddenly became safe enough to perform at the Super Bowl in 2018. It seems like neither Perry nor JT are considered inappropriate any longer.189Do you buy this?
They Both Love A Dramatic Hair CutPhoto: KatyPerryVevo / YouTue
Justin Timberlake is not unfamiliar with changing up his hair. He had curls, frosted tips, and even cornrows. But for Man of the Woods, Timberlake's hair was cropped short on the top and shaved on the sides.
Where did he get the idea for such a short look? Perhaps, he got inspiration from Katy Perry. Not only does Perry like to dye her blonde, she also keeps it short on the top and nearly shaved on the sides. Maybe JT didn't think we'd notice the similarity, but we did.146Do you buy this?
They're Both Somewhat Hypocritical ActivistsPhoto: Capitol Records
Justin Timberlake wore a "Time's Up" pin at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, indicating his support for women that face sexual harassment, assault, or abuse. However, Timberlake also starred in a 2017 movie by Woody Allen, despite all of the accusations against the controversial director. Rose McGowan and others believe that Timberlake is hypocritical because of his actions.
Similarly, critics called Katy Perry a hypocrite. The pop princess positioned herself as a champion of LGBTQ rights, but she also worked with Migos, even though members of the group were accused of making homophobic remarks. Perry was also criticized by the LGBTQ community for her songs "I Kissed A Girl" and "Ur So Gay."1912Do you buy this?