On November 24, 2023, BigHit Music (now HYBE) unveiled another remix of Jungkook’s hit song “3D,” featuring American artist Justin Timberlake. This collaboration is part of a series of remixes of Jungkook’s songs with various artists, showcasing his widespread recognition in the music industry.
The announcement of the collaboration triggered heated discussions online, primarily due to Justin Timberlake’s alleged stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Some fans expressed disappointment and reluctance to support Timberlake, citing his reported support for Israel. This sentiment led to online discussions about whether fans could separate their admiration for Jungkook from their reservations about Timberlake.
— BTS Charts Daily (@btschartsdailyc) November 24, 2023
Mixed Reactions Among Fans
While many BTS ARMY members were displeased with the partnership, some expressed their support for Jungkook through other songs and remixes, distancing themselves from Timberlake’s alleged political views. The controversy highlights the challenges that can arise when artists collaborate, especially when political positions become a point of contention among their fanbases.
I don't want yall to blame jungkook for this collab with Justin timberlake but Hybe not only the britney spears memoir but he also supports Israel. Don't stream the remix if yall don't want to stream the original!
— Jiminssmallpinky⁷ (@LEKIKI18) November 23, 2023
This is a group of Hollywood stars and executives that have signed an open letter to President Joe Biden, thanking him for his continued support of a nation in the midst of commiting genocide. pic.twitter.com/4Ph3wYLe0I
— 8-ʙɪᴛ™ (@The8BitIdiot) October 24, 2023
Justin Timberlake support Israel. So I won't support him even though I love JK so much. I support JK through other songs/remix https://t.co/uDN7DjTTFY
— Tirta Prawita Sari (@witatoekino) November 23, 2023
Background on Timberlake’s Controversial Stance
Netizens pointed out that Justin Timberlake was among several Hollywood celebrities who signed an open letter thanking U.S. President Joe Biden for supporting Israel. This revelation fueled criticism from those who perceived Israel’s actions in the conflict as human rights violations. Timberlake’s association with the letter and his stance on the political crisis added to the disapproval from certain quarters.
Broader Controversies Surrounding Timberlake
Beyond the Israel-Palestine controversy, Justin Timberlake faced criticism for his alleged mistreatment of Britney Spears, which came to light in 2023. These controversies further fueled disapproval and intensified calls for caution in collaborations with artists under scrutiny.
BTS Enlistment Announcements and Jungkook’s Emotional Letter
In the midst of this controversy, HYBE announced on November 22, 2023, that the remaining four members of BTS had initiated their military enlistment process, surprising the fandom. On the same day, Jungkook shared an emotional letter on Weverse, confirming his enlistment in the South Korean military in December 2023.
The letter expressed gratitude to fans and requested their patience until his return in 2025 after completing 18 months of mandatory military service.