Justin Timberlake Tells His Discouraging 7th Grade Teacher To 'Suck It!'
Justin Timberlake is using interviews promoting his new movie to expose his own "Bad Teacher," who suggested he quit songwriting.
The singer/actor teams up with ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz in the film - about a foul-mouthed, lazy schoolteacher who just dreams of seducing a rich man and quitting her job.
And although Timberlake's unnamed seventh grade teacher wasn't that bad, she did give him a hard time over his songwriting dreams.
He explains, "She told me I should have more realistic goals than being a songwriter, because my schoolwork was suffering. You can quote me on this directly to her: 'Suck it!'"
But Timberlake insists he was also blessed with great teachers - and he believes they are the ones who should be paid well for their efforts: "We got to find a way to pay teachers more. They have such a huge responsibility and they're under-appreciated and underpaid. They're like surrogate parents away from home. The teachers that we learned the most from were the ones who taught us life lessons."