February 2, 2004

Dammit Janet

Those of us who were able to fend off the urge to fall asleep during the Super Bowl half-time show were punished by having to watch twitchy pop idol Justin Timberlake grope a leather-clad Janet Jackson and then rip part of her costume away, revealing a pasty-clad boob. Yahoo! News - CBS Apologizes for Jackson's Exposure

It's still unclear whether this was intended, or accidental, but the presence of the pasty implies that it was intentional. Methinks that if you're going to make a spectacle of yourself, you ought to try to make one with a little more of a point to it. By point, I mean purpose, by the way.

[Update: Timberlake claims it was a "wardrobe malfunction" and , after seeing a replay on the news, he looks shocked as hell right afterwards. It may be acting, but the look on his face says "what just happened?"]

Posted by James at February 2, 2004 12:07 AM
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All the women at the party I was attending noticed immediately and somehow all the men missed it. No worries, we replied... it'll be on the internet within an hour.

Le voila...

Posted by: Mike at February 2, 2004 1:08 AM

It was on the web within an hour, in more ways than one.


Posted by: Web Watcher at February 2, 2004 9:23 AM

My guess is, part of her costume was supposed to come off, but not enough to reveal her breast. Then again, seeing as how she was wearing a nipple decoration, it's possible that they planned the whole thing.

Either way it is weird, but sexual titillation on TV (such as Madonna french kissing Britney and Christina) and even boobs popping out on TV is nothing new (Lucy Lawless, anyone?) and as long as it gets attention, positive or negative it will continue to happen, hence it will continue to happen.

Posted by: Chuck S. at February 2, 2004 4:26 PM

Believe it or not, Janet's naked booby (and other "inappropriate" things that happen during sports and news broadcasts) will be the topic of tonight's Nightline.

Posted by: julie at February 2, 2004 5:56 PM

My new conspiracy theory is that the final moment of Janet and Justin's act was planned in advance, right down to the nudity, but the lighting people didn't dim the lights quickly enough when the show ended. She meant to give the world a fleeting glimpse rather than an eyeful.

Posted by: Mike at February 3, 2004 5:01 PM

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