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Posted at 1:04 PM ET, 10/ 4/2010

Justin Timberlake: Flashback to some unfortunate, pre-'Social Network' photos

By Jen Chaney

Timberlake, decking the halls. (Buzzfeed)

Justin Timberlake has an infinite number of things going for him. He's currently starring in the No. 1 movie in America. He is repeatedly awesome on "Saturday Night Live." Evidently he can spit rhymes from virtually every rap song ever recorded.

But even Timberlake has been captured in some exceedingly ridiculous photographs. Buzzfeed has documented this fact with its 25 Most Embarrassing Pictures of Justin Timberlake, most of them taken, not surprisingly, during the 'N Sync years. Let's comment on the four that, at least in my opinion, are the most off-the-charts embarrassing/hilarious.

But first, please pause to consider how inspirational this is. If Timberlake can move on from some of these images and eventually find himself in a film that will (probably) be nominated for Best Picture, surely you can get past that hideous yearbook photo where you're wearing a retainer and your hair is in a banana clip.

Photo No. 16 (featured above): If Timberlake were really a "Super Teen," surely he could vanquish that frightening, out-of-control mass of holiday garland. Is he really going to decorate a Christmas tree with that? Or just hang some of it from one of his two hoop earrings?

Photo No. 11: I admittedly don't know German. But I am pretty sure the text surrounding the photos of a shirtless Timberlake and 'N Syncer Chris Kirkpatrick contains the word "homoerotic."

Photo No. 10: This is how fashion-forward Timberlake is. He was a white guy rocking the cornrows long before Danny McBride on "Eastbound & Down" or Edward Norton in "Stone."

Photo No. 8: This ripped-out page from a teeny bopper magazine has at least 17 bizarre things going on in it. In addition to the weird 'N Sync sleepover moment going on in one panel and the absurd picture of Timberlake and Kirkpatrick wearing lampshades on their heads, it features captions that were clearly written by a Pulitzer Prize winner. (Description of the lampshade photo: "Chris and Justin wear lampshades for hats! 'N Sync sure have some good times together!") But the best part doesn't even involve Timberlake: it's the image of Joey Fatone wearing a Superman cap while vacuuming Kirkpatrick's backside as Kirkpatrick, for some reason, lies on his stomach in a hallway while trying to finish a slice of pizza. I can't make out a photo credit, but my guess as to who snapped these can be summed up in two words: Annie. Leibovitz.

Source: Buzzfeed's 25 Most Embarrassing Pictures of Justin Timberlake

By Jen Chaney  | October 4, 2010; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Regrettable Publicity Stills  
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Come on now, there have to be at least a couple of Mickey Mouse Club pictures that are worse than those!!

Posted by: franchiseinATL | October 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Ahahahaha, oh my. You know what was worse? We thought that was hot, back in the day. (Maybe not the butt-vacuuming.) Oh, the embarrassments of youth.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | October 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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