Justin Timberlake four years ago.

Justin Timberlake four years ago.

When reps from the hit show Glee asked Justin Timberlake if they could use one of his songs, the former Mickey Mouse Club upstart affirmed in the negative, according to Us.

Among many others, Britney Spears, Queen, Journey and Rihanna have allowed Glee‘s producers to display their sound and lyrics.

The rejection was widely reported as a slap-in-the-face, to dig up a dead metaphor.

Why Timberlake refused is murky, but he’s a man of shrewd business skills, so the situation was well thought out.