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.
Mostly for Jackson, anyway. Timberlake was fine, as his invitation to come back will attest. But for Jackson, who wantonly owned the breast that Timberlake uncovered, the punishment was swift.
Is it a twelve minute apology speech to Janet Jackson? Justin Timberlake officially doing Super Bowl halftime. Unless Justin Timberlake starts his set by introducing Janet Jackson with an apology and then continues watching quietly while she does 12 minutes of her catalog solo, the Super Bowl can keep this halftime show.
Britney Spears got married in Las Vegas on a whim, Sex and the City ended its six-year reign on television, and Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to a daughter named after a piece of fruit. Of course, it was also a year that welcome the term 'nipplegate' into the public's vernacular, following Janet Jackson's accidental breast exposure during the Super Bowl halftime. Following criticism of Timberlake's recent support of the Time's Up initiative ,14 years after the incident, the singer has finally addressed the infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' in a new interview with Beats 1 's Zane Lowe. Speaking of the debacle, which was caught by
Super Bowl XXXVIII — which was broadcast live on February 1, from HoustonTexas on the CBS television network in the United States — was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson 's breastadorned with a nipple shieldwas exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second, in what was later referred to as a " wardrobe malfunction ". Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting. The incident was ridiculed both within the United States and abroad with a number of commentators considering it a planned publicity stunt.
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?
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.
But the game took a back seat to what transpired at the halftime show. On Feb. For a fraction of a second, 71, fans in the stands and 11 million people at home saw her bare breast. Timberlake stood beside Jackson stoically, while Jackson hastily covered herself with her left hand.
Justin Timberlake37, will be heading back to the Super Bowl on Feb. On Feb. The camera cut away, and the lights went down.