It was my understanding that Justin Timberlake’s upcoming album, Man of the Woods, was going to be some of kind Forever 21 take on Bon Iver. But I’m starting to think saying one thing and doing another might be a recurring theme in Justin’s life, because we’ve got another video that makes no sense coming from an alleged man of the woods. The video for “Filthy” was about a dancing robot, and today we’ve got “Supplies,” a video that I think can best be described as FutureTech/SadSounds set in a hellish dystopia of violence, racism, sexism, and Trump. So basically…present day?
In the video, we’ve got a wall of static-y tube televisions, people in white wigs and gun necklaces, flashlights, neon Illuminati signage, fire spinners. There’s even some modified dune buggies that – and I may be going out on a limb here – don’t exactly appear to be street legal. But it’s not just Justin trying to flirt with a dystopian hottie while singing a song that sounds like Rihanna on helium. Justin tackles the issues. Listen up, y’all – JT read a newspaper recently, and for the first time in his life he didn’t skip straight to that goofy Marmaduke in the back. Those flickering televisions at the beginning and towards the end show images of police brutality, Harvey Weinstein, immigration protests, guns, prescription pills. Pretty heavy shit for a song that is clearly about fucking.
This is definitely supposed to be set in the future. How far in the future is anyone’s guess. The addition of Pharrell Williams only adds confusion to what year this video is supposed to take place in. Pharrell does not age. At this point, I’m convinced Pharrell is going to outlive us all and look the exact same well into the year 2087.