Justin Timberlake references #MeToo, Trump, Harvey Weinstein, racism in new 'Supplies' music video
Justin Timberlake is stuck in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in his new music video — but don’t worry, he’s got “Supplies” and Pharrell Williams to back him up.
“I’ll be the generator/Turn me on when you need electricity,” he sings in the second video from his forthcoming album, Man of The Woods. “When s— start to go down/I’ll be the one with the level head/Work it in now, baby/We’ll be living in the walking dead.”
The clip for the R&B song begins with Timberlake facing a video wall as images of the #MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein, racism, police brutality, and more examples of social injustice flash before him.
In a crowd scene, a woman wearing a shirt that says “p—y grab back” — a clear reference to President Donald Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape — lifts a car Timberlake sits on while he motions at the crowd.
Seemingly inspired by a part of Blade Runner 2049, Timberlake ends the Dave Meyers-directed clip standing alongside actress Eiza Gonzalez amongst a group of children in rubble as the skyline of a destroyed city looms in the background.
“Die already,” says a child, speaking to the screen. “Die already. You’re still asleep! Wake up! Just leave. Please. For good.”
“Supplies” is the second of four songs Timberlake is slated to release before debuting his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods, on Feb. 2, two days before he takes center stage as the headliner of the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 4. The LP’s first single, “Filthy,” was met with mixed reviews from fans. Timberlake previewed the rest of the album at listening parties for fans in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Watch the “Supplies” video above.