The wardrobe malfunction that sidelined a profession, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s notorious halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII can be examined within the FX and New York Times particular, “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson.”
“In 2004, a tradition struggle was brewing when the Super Bowl halftime show viewers noticed a white man expose a Black lady’s breast for 9/16ths of a second,” in keeping with the particular’s description. “A nationwide furor ensued. ‘If the tradition wars may have a 9/11, it is February 1st, 2004,’ mentioned one observer.”
The synopsis continued, “The lady was Janet Jackson, and her profession was by no means the identical. The man was Justin Timberlake; his stardom solely grew. The New York Times examines the racial and cultural currents that collided on the Super Bowl stage, and explores how the incident impacted one of the profitable pop musicians in historical past.”
So what actually occurred? Here’s what it’s essential to know:
Jackson’s Breast Was Exposed in ‘Nipplegate’
Janet Jackson was introduced because the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime performer in December 2003, in keeping with a timeline of the scandal that may turn out to be often known as “Nipplegate.” Leading up the efficiency, her choreographer teased the show would have “surprising moments,” the Us Weekly added.
As a shock, Timberlake joined the well-known singer for a efficiency of his track “Rock Your Body.” As she sang, “Gonna have you ever bare by the top of this track,” he ripped Jackson’s bodice and uncovered her proper breast. As the publication famous, “the efficiency abruptly ended.”
The night time of the efficiency, MTV issued an apology, “The tearing of Janet Jackson’s costume was unrehearsed, unplanned, utterly unintentional and was inconsistent with assurances we had concerning the content material of the efficiency. MTV regrets this incident occurred and we apologize to anybody offended by it.”
Timberlake additionally apologized that night time and once more on the Grammy Awards. As part of an settlement with CBS so he may attend the ceremony, he mentioned throughout an acceptance speech, “I do know it has been a tough week on everyone. What occurred was unintentional, utterly regrettable and I apologize if you happen to guys are offended.”
Per the request of CBS, in keeping with Us Weekly, Jackson issued a press release. It mentioned, “The resolution to have a dressing up reveal on the finish of my halftime show efficiency was made after ultimate rehearsals. MTV was utterly unaware of it. It was not my intention that it go so far as it did. I apologize to anybody offended – together with the viewers, MTV, CBS and the NFL.”
MTV pointed the blame on the “Rhythm Nation” singer, whereas her staff revealed Timberlake was solely purported to take away the highest layer of material “to disclose a bustier beneath,” Us Weekly reported. Either means, it was clear who took the autumn.
Her “Damita Jo” album was launched in March 2004 and “was thought-about a industrial disappointment,” Us Weekly defined. It was Jackson’s first album since 1984 to not hit #1 the week of its launch. Timberlake’s profession continued to take off.
Was it on Purpose?
Was it on function? That was the query on everybody’s thoughts and one USA Today explored when Timberlake returned to the Super Bowl stage in 2018.
The publication reached out to her tailor, Marcello. Garzon, who revealed that he signed a confidentiality settlement. However, physique piercer Byriah Dailey claimed he offered the sunburst nipple defend seen on Jackson’s uncovered nipple, saying she solely purchased one of many pair. Dailey informed USA Today that her stylist, Wayne Scot Lukas, teased,”Ok, watch the halftime show. There’s going to be a shock on the finish.”
Was that shock merely Timberlake?
Producer Sallie Fattini informed the outlet, “There was a gathering proper previous to the halftime (show). The concept was pitched to Justin. Janet’s stylist or whoever else was within the room. (Timberlake) went together with it and the error occurred.” She revealed one other model of the transfer concerned a skirt being ripped off.
The second occurred so shortly that NFL Executive Jim Steeg didn’t even discover it as he informed the publication. Still, different viewers did discover. As Us Weekly revealed, the FCC obtained greater than 500,000 complaints.
Jackson didn’t present a remark to USA Today on the time, however a $550,000 high-quality issued to CBS for the incident was later overturned.
“Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” premieres on November 19, 2021, at 10 p.m. on FX and to stream on Hulu.