If there’s one factor Michelle Williams goes to do, it is effortlessly embody a task. She’s performed many memorable characters, from Cindy in Blue Valentine to Mitzi in The Fabelmans, however her most up-to-date portrayal of Justin Timberlake in Britney Spears’ The Lady In Me could also be her most iconic thus far.
Williams narrates the audiobook of Spears’ hotly-anticipated memoir which chronicles the pop star’s storied profession from her Disney days to her involuntary conservatorship. It incorporates all kinds of juicy tidbits about Spears’ life and her relationships with fellow stars, which means Williams does some unbelievable line readings as 2000s pop royalty.
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In a single viral clip, Williams, as Spears, explains how *NSYNC stood out from different boy bands of the period as a result of they “frolicked with Black artists,” however that they typically tried too exhausting. Then she recounts operating into R&B singer Genuwine on the streets of New York together with her then-boyfriend Timberlake: “J obtained all excited and stated so loud, ‘Oh yeahhh, fo-shiz fo-shiz, Genuwiiine, what’s up homie!‘” Williams’ efficiency of Timberlake is so scathing and correct to a white boy utilizing AAVE that it stops the listener of their tracks — and directs them to their keyboards.
One X/Twitter consumer posted the clip with the caption, “ijbol.” As one smart reply man stated, “This bout to be the best clip of audio since Watergate.” One other quote tweet learn, “lol brit obtained my white sister michelle williams saying WHAT!” Yet one more wrote, “(white) Michelle Williams doing an impression of Britney doing an impression of Justin Timberlake doing an impression of a Black particular person – that is artwork.”
Others took a extra visible strategy. An X/Twitter consumer resurfaced a photograph of Timberlake sporting cornrows, implying he has a historical past of appropriating different facets of Black tradition.
If an curiosity in Spears or early aughts nostalgia did not persuade you to learn the e book, Williams’ impression would possibly get you to tune in.