In 2004, Super Bowl XXX VII's halftime show changed the world of television forever. Janet Jackson was performing the song 'Rock Your Body,' with Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake sings the last line of the song, "I bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," and then rips off Jackson’s costume to reveal her right breast, bare except for a nipple ring.
And back then, having a woman's breast shown on television, (for less than 5 seconds...mind you,) made the world lose its mind.
Janet Jackson was racked across the coals for her "indecency." The phrase 'wardrobe malfunction' was birth into the lexicon and Jackson was shunned and 'banned' from ever performing at the Super Bowl again.
Because of "Nipplegate," the FCC got involved and fined CBS $555,000, one of the biggest fines ever for "broadcasting indecent material;" and subsequently the 5-second delay was implemented as standard practice for live shows.
Fast forward 14 years, Justin Timberlake is bringing out some new music and he is also announced as the Super Bowl Halftime performer.
In a recent interview with Beats 1 radio, Timberlake says he has made up with Janet Jackson following the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl in 2004.
The singer, who is preparing for the release of his fourth solo album, says he and Jackson have talked privately about the incident.
“I don’t know that a lot of people know that,” Timberlake says. “I mean, I don’t think it’s my job to do that, because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
"It's just something that you have to look back on and go, 'OK, you can't change what's happened, but you can move forward and learn from it,'" said Timberlake.
But guess what? People don't believe that he's "made peace" with Janet. Let's take a look at the reactions on Twitter:
That Justin Timberlake gets to return to the Superbowl stage while Janet Jackson's image & career suffer is a grave injustice.— Ganns Deen 🇵🇭 (@ganns) January 10, 2018
The industry vilified her & let him go scot-free. More than sexual harassment, this is a gross double-standard that must be rectified.#JusticeForJanet pic.twitter.com/dhBkF5rvtP
when I think about how Janet Jackson was made an outcast after her 2004 superbowl performance it just fills me with rage to see Justin Timberlake walk around in a $200 pendleton & tell people that they've moved on & made peace— 1-800-Pizza-Girl (@1800pizzagirl) January 17, 2018
Justin Timberlake is one of our biggest music entertainers, and he will be on the biggest stage--but people have not forgot his role in"Nipplegate" and are hoping that he would truly make it right, by issuing a public apology and inviting Janet Jackson to perform with him.