We remember the wardrobe malfunction. We remember the manufactured outrage, the armchair bare-breast analysis, and the mountain of complaints to the FCC. And this is a time before video streaming, before Spotify, before YouTube even.
Fourteen years ago, Janet Jackson shocked the world by exposing her right breast to the world on Super Bowl Sunday. MTV produced the spot, was fined heavily, and never produced a halftime show again. Since that time, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has gotten more conservative, but in recent years they've been beginning to bring back younger talents who may or may not want to make a statement.
It's been five days. Have we, as a nation, recovered from the sight of not one but both of Adam Levine's nipples? Chances are most of us have forgotten about it.
Sure, in that minuscule amount of time, the iconic performer's bare breast had been exposed—inadvertently or otherwise—to the over million people watching TV's biggest event by fellow performer Justin Timberlake and that's no small matter. In the years since that fateful moment in Houston's Reliant Stadium—marking its 15th anniversary on February 1—many questions remain. Did Timberlake, who pulled at Jackson's leather bustier right as his hit song "Rock Your Body" reached its closing "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," exposing her right breast and its sunburst nipple shield as if on cue, pull away more fabric than he ought to have? And did MTV, who were handling production on the big show for their second year in a row, know more than they ever let on?
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Janet Jackson set off a Super Bowl firestorm last night when her right breast was bared during her nationally televised halftime show duet with Britney Spears' ex-squeeze, Justin Timberlake. Michael Jackson's little sister ended Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" with the heartthrob ripping off the leather cup that covered her breast as he sang, "Gotta have you naked by the end of this song. The split-second exposure, witnessed by up to million viewers, revealed what appeared to be a sun-shaped metal ring atop the year-old entertainer's nipple.
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News that Timberlake would return to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show prompted the hashtag JusticeForJanet. Many fans believe Jackson was punished unfairly over the incident, where she was reportedly uninvited from the Grammys and had her music videos blacklisted. Jackson and Timberlake both admitted they agreed on the costume reveal at the final rehearsal, but Timberlake admitted in a interview that he only took "10 per cent" of the blame.
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Justin Timberlake's particularly humdrum Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday included a pretty uh, notable Stella McCartney shirta contentious Prince tributea selfie with a nonplussed kidand considerable similarities to a Gap Ad. Folks haven't quite forgotten Timberlake's role in the supposed "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl halftime show with Jackson, and how her career took a major hit while his star continued to rise. The planned nature of the performance was broadly debated, though Jackson's team said it was "unintentional. Timberlake got off pretty unscathed.