It’s Justin Timberlake Day In Memphis, BYOB: Bring Your Own Bow Tie

Breaking news: it’s Justin Timberlake day in Memphis, Tenn., so come on out and don’t forget your bow tie!

Making his return to his home town for a sold out show at the FedEx Forum as part of his 20/20 Experience World Tour—his first Memphis show since 2007, Justin Timberlake is being honored, with November 18, 2013 being declared as “Justin Timberlake Day,” by Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr.

One thousand bow ties were distributed at the official press conference, in honor of Justin’s hit song, “Suit and Tie,” and residents were encouraged to celebrate Justin Timberlake day in a few different ways, according to WREG in Memphis.

  • Wearing a bow tie and posting a picture on social media with the hashtag ‘#JTDay
  • Posting and sharing JT-related things, like his performances and media appearances
  • Putting a “Welcome Home JT” sign outside their businesses

Timberlake, a megastar and 20-plus-year veteran of the entertainment industry, went all John Mellencamp in 2011 interview with the U.K.’s The Guardian when promoting his movie, Friends with Benefits.

“I grew up in a small town and I could count my friends on one hand, and I still live that way,” the cross-over star said. “I think I’ll die in a small town.”

Memphis ladies must be thrilled to hear Justin Timberlake’s plans for the future, although hopefully they won’t have quite the same reaction as fellow Southeasterner and megastar in her own right, Jennifer Lawrence.

“I met him once, I was backstage and I was just like, ‘Oh my god.’ I almost threw up when I saw him,” Lawrence candidly revealed in a recent interview while promoting the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

That should be enough to make even Justin Timberlake blush, and maybe cheer him up. Apparently Justin’s been getting down from some negative press in 2013, and griping to GQ about it, revealing a very human frailty despite being larger than life (and an ego to match).

“You sound like a dickhead,” Timberlake said to hypothetical critics. “It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.”

Pot meets kettle, Justin Timberlake?

How are you celebrating Justin Timberlake Day? Does Justin Timberlake get unfair press?