This year (2013) seems to have been dubbed ‘The Year of the Comeback’ for Justin Timberlake, with albums and tours galore what could possibly slow him down? How about a lawsuit?
Timberlake’s newly released single (from The 20/20 Experience, Part 2) is titled ‘Take Back The Night’ and that has an anti-domestic violence organization up in arms since the singer didn’t ask their permission to use the name.
According to Radar Online
, the organization’s lawyers have already sent a letter to the “Suit & Tie” singer. Take Back The Night’s executive director Katherine Koestner expressed her concern over the song and Timberlake’s popularity. She stated that the combination will make it harder for those in the general public to find information on the organization and their goals considering the Wikipedia page for ‘Take Back The Night’ already has a different definition than before.
"Everyone at Take Back the Night is really shocked, because normally, we get asked when people want to use the name. Normally entities as large as Justin Timberlake do very kind and thoughtful things to support our cause.”
Take Back The Night has also expressed their concerns over the contents of the song. Namely, the seemingly sexual nature of the lyrics, including the phrase, “Use Me”, which they feel does not jive with the organization’s anti-sexual violence stance.
Timberlake’s agent has responded to Take Back The Night’s letter. He said: “Justin’s a good guy! He’s a family man!” and that he had never heard of the group before he wrote the song.
But Koestner isn’t buying it.
“I don’t know what country he’s been in. I suppose it could have slipped off his radar screen somehow. Somebody working for him definitely messed up.”
In the past, those wishing to use the organization’s name and/or logo (including The Devil Wears Prada and CSI) have reached out to the organization beforehand to ensure the name was being used correctly. They even made donations to TBTN. Since Timberlake’s song has already been released TBTN is just hoping there is a way to amicably resolve the whole situation.
Listen to “Take Back The Night” here:
To learn more about Take Back The Night (the organization) click HERE.