A video meant to be a private joke but leaked online was shown to guests at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's marriage bash. The video, which has been described as "tacky and disgusting," features homeless people sending best wishes to the couple.
A 20-second excerpt of the 8-minute-video was uploaded by Gawker to its website. Justin Huchel, a friend of the couple who made the video has threatened Gawker with legal action.
The video was played at the wedding rumored to have cost $6.5 million. According to the Daily Mail:
"The couple spared no expense on the nuptials which set them back $6.5 million, according to HollyScoop. Around $1 million was splashed out on renting out the stunning Italian resort and around $100,000 spent on entertaining their 80 guests with fireworks, dinner parties and bike rides.
"The pair pocketed an estimated $300,000 for their wedding photos by striking a deal with People magazine, while they may also come to an arrangement with OK! to sell pictures of their nuptials in Europe, according to the New York Post."Gawker reports guests were shown the video after Timeberlake and Biel had left on a private jet for southern Italy.
The video shows Justin Huchel, a Los Angeles real estate agent, out in the streets of Los Angeles, conducting mock interviews with up to 10 homeless people, including a street musician, and another presumed to be a transsexual.
The interview pretends that the homeless people are personal friends of the celebrity couple who for some reasons could not make it to the grand nuptials at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia.
The video begins with the message: "Greetings from Your Hollywood Friends Who Just Couldn't Make It. Featuring Sid, Chuck, Robert, and More!"
Sid, Chuck, Robert, and the rest are an odd assortment of destitute vagrants, some of whom appear either intoxicated or mentally incapacitated. One individual appeared not able to speak.
A man missing several front-teeth speaks to the camera: "Jessica and Justin, I ain't seen y'all in a while. The gift is in the mail."
MSN Now comments: "Presumably that's funny because it was uttered by a guy who looks like he doesn't even have one measly property to his name."
The voice behind the camera, presumably Huchel's, asks, "Did you and Jessica mess around?"
A man presumed to be a transvestite, says: "Good luck and watch your man."
A dazed-looking man launches into an absent-mindedly rambling speech: "Jeez I miss you so much. I wish I could be there."
Others simply mumble disconnectedly and unintelligibly.
The clip ends with a shirtless bearded man who says: "Justin, Jessica, it's me, Herbert." The man says he saw the couple in LA, and the voice asks him, "Were you performing with them?"
According to Gawker, Huchel's attorney, Michael Salts, threatened a lawsuit when he (Huchel) was approached for comment. The lawyer said in a letter: "Mr. Huchel made [the] video to be used and exhibited privately at Justin Timberlake's wedding as a private joke without Mr. Timberlake's knowledge." He said the video infringed on Huchel's copyright.
The Daily Mail comments the video would likely embarrass Timberlake and Biel who are known for their philanthropic activities.
The Daily Mail reports that last year, Timberlake received the Big Help award at the 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards for his charity work. The bride Jessica founded the Make The Difference Network.
TMZ suggests that rather than mocking the poor, the video could be seen as a "dig" at "Justin and Jessica's ridiculous wealth juxtaposed against the destitute poverty displayed in the clip."
The Daily Mail reports that some fans of the couple have denounced the video. @StephBreezy678 tweeted: "It’s official I am no longer a @jtimberlake fan!! Unfollowing you right now! Mocking the homeless is wrong!"