NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As far as Republicans are concerned, pop superstar Justin Timberlake can take his sexy back to Memphis — or anywhere but the state Legislature, where senators postponed a resolution honoring him Wednesday.
State Sen. Ophelia Ford, D-Memphis, introduced the resolution to honor Timberlake, a Tennessee native, "for his highly successful music career and for his meritorious service to the State of Tennessee."
But state Sen. Raymond Finney, R-Maryville, removed it from a list of resolutions that is expected to get unanimous support in the Senate.
"It's not something I want my name on," Finney said.
Republican senators took issue with sections of the resolution that call attention to Timberlake's latest album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds" and to song titles like "SexyBack" and "Rock Your Body."
Finney raised his objections in a Republican caucus meeting after Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey mentioned that his 26-year-old daughter sent him a cell phone text message about how much she liked Timberlake.
Timberlake, who is from Millington, a community near Memphis, became a star as part of the boy band 'N Sync. He has since become a best-selling solo artist and appeared in movies, such as "Black Snake Moan."
A call to Timberlake's publicist was not immediately returned Wednesday. He was scheduled to play a concert in Uniondale, N.Y.
Timberlake was also involved in singer Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, which led to a crackdown on broadcast decency by the Federal Communications Commission.
Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis said he didn't know why the resolution was postponed.
"Maybe Raymond Finney is a huge Janet Jackson fan, and he's never forgiven him for that incident at the Super Bowl," Kyle joked.
Asked why the resolution was bumped, Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, said: "Just read it."
Ford said later that she was not opposed to postponing the measure, but did not explain why.