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Entertainment Weekly

Super Bowl

Celebrities react to Justin Timberlake's divisive Super Bowl halftime show

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The Man of the Woods isn’t quite the man of the hour at Super Bowl LII.

Twitter has taken Justin Timberlake’s wild halftime show performance to task for its inclusion of a projection of late pop icon Prince, which duetted with the singer near the end of a set that also included renditions of current single “Filthy” and past hits “Rock Your Body,” “SexyBack,” “My Love,” “Cry Me a River,” “Suit & Tie,” “Until the End of Time,” “Mirrors,” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

“Okay punkass Justin Timberlake. You was cool till you pulled that Prince bullsh—,” Sinbad wrote shortly after the performance. “You dissed Prince on a track of yours and you dissed him onstage when you lowered the mic stand onstage when prince won an award. Later for ya ass.”

Actress Cynthia Erivo, in self-professed “anger,” added: “To bring out Prince to improve this mediocrity is a damn embarrassment. I’m [fuming],” while writer Roxane Gay noted that Prince would likely be “furious” if he were able to watch.

Timberlake earned support from various celebrities, however, including Jimmy Fallon, Nick Jonas, Evangeline Lily, Ellen DeGeneres, and Chely Wright — all of whom praised the former N*SYNC member’s work.

“Wow, that was unreal,” Jonas tweeted after the show, which Lily indicated was fronted by a “class act” performer.

Read on for the wide range of reactions to Timberlake’s Super Bowl LII halftime show.