It was the nipple seen ’round the world — and the birth of the now-overused term “wardrobe malfunction.” Nine years ago this month, on Feb.
1, 2004, Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s right breast during their performance of “Rock Your Body” at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.
And, for better or worse, Timberlake certainly lived up to his promise, “Gonna have you naked by the end of this song.” Do you think it was a wardrobe malfunction?
According to Jawed Karim, he was the one who initially came up with it.
Jackson’s right breast was visible for a mere 9/16ths of a second, yet its cultural and political legacies span years.columnist Frank Rich later called a “wave of self-censorship on American television unrivaled since the Mc Carthy era.” Jackson’s music was effectively blacklisted by various broadcasters. In 2007, Timberlake was at the peak of his wildly successful solo music career (think "Sexyback") and further endeared himself as a hilarious "Saturday Night Live" host.Ten years later, Spears -- who will perform at the VMAs on Sunday for the first time since that 2007 incident -- has built up a huge amount of goodwill.And he told USA Today it grew from two (very) different events: Janet Jackson’s “nipplegate” at the 2004 Super Bowl and the tsunami in Asia that same year.sing his hit lyrics “Better have you naked by the end of this song" moments before he did, in fact, get her a little naked.Makes Beyoncé’s racy leather Super Bowl outfit seem tame by comparison, doesn’t it?In the now-infamous reach-for-the-chicken-wings-and-you-missed-it moment, Timberlake tore open Jackson’s top, exposing Jackson’s right breast and some kind of nipple jewelry. this case (almost) made it all the way to the Supreme Court.Pretend you’re back in 2007 and someone tells you that in 10 years, Britney Spears will be in the midst of a career resurgence — while the Internet is celebrating the second Twitter takedown of Justin Timberlake in two months. Spears, on the other hand, was making headlines for a widely-panned, stilted performance at the MTV Video Music Awards — and was soon consumed by worldwide news coverage of her personal demons, as she shaved her head and was briefly held at a psychiatric ward. It converted a Vegas hater.] Ten years later, Spears — who will perform at the VMAs on Sunday for the first time since that 2007 incident — has built up a huge amount of goodwill. In 2007, Timberlake was at the peak of his wildly successful solo music career (think “Sexyback”) and further endeared himself as a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” host.Both Jackson and Timberlake insisted that the incident was a mistake — with Timberlake famously referring to it as a “wardrobe malfunction.” But FCC watchdogs were skeptical, and rightfully so: Timberlake grabbed Jackson’s bustier and caused the “malfunction” while singing the lyric “Gonna have you naked by the end of this song.” Coincidence? The FCC didn’t think so either, and sought to levy a 0,000 fine against Super Bowl broadcaster CBS. In 2004 the incident was the most replayed moment in Ti Vo history, and it continues to have repercussions today: Why do you think CBS warned performers to make sure female breasts were “adequately covered” at the Grammy Awards?However, after an eight-year legal battle, the fine was dropped last June after the Supreme Court refused to consider the case. And at this year’s Super Bowl, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco used the term, “F------ awesome” at the end of the live broadcast, leading the Parents Television Council to call on the FCC to fine CBS yet again.