The infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show scandal of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake is being reexamined in a new documentary series that shows there are still questions about what went wrong.
“The New York Times Presents” released its latest documentary, “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson,” on Friday on Hulu and FX, which focused on what remains one of the most talked about Super Bowl performances to date. .
The “malfunction” occurred at the end of Jackson’s performance when Timberlake joined her on stage. It wasn’t until Timberlake sang his last line – “I’ll have you naked at the end of this song” – that she removed a piece of Jackson’s outfit and exposed one of her breasts on live television.
The documentary covered the mistreatment Jackson received after the scandal and how Timberlake walked away from the controversy seemingly unscathed. However, the idea also came up that Jackson or a member of his staff planned the stunt.
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Salli Frattini, MTV’s senior vice president who worked on planning the halftime show, said in the documentary that Jackson “never said anything” to his team about the mishap after the fact. Instead, Jackson left shortly after the performance.
“Here we are trying to ask the person that this happened to her because it happened to her and she was gone,” said Frattini. “Then we looked for Justin. We took him aside one by one. He said, ‘That was never meant to happen.’ They told me you guys knew. He was very apologetic.
Another person interviewed for the documentary series claimed that Jackson looked “distraught” immediately after the performance.
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The film also touched on earlier reports that Jackson’s stylist may have gone shopping at the last minute to change her wardrobe for the performance before the big day.
“What has been reported is that after rehearsal for the next day’s halftime show, he went shopping on his own and reports show that he spent a lot of time at a local tailor, and we don’t know what he was doing. he worked there, but clearly he was adjusting some of the wardrobe, “said a contributor.
According to Frattini, Timberlake met with Jackson and his stylist before the two took the stage. “I remember talking to him, ‘Are you ready? Do you have any questions?’ There was a search for him to speak to Janet, his stylist. We as producers were not in the room. There was no one in the room. There was a small conversation that lasted minutes in his dressing room. Justin left, everyone left to put on in their starting positions ready. “
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The film did not end with true responses from those at the center of the controversy, including Jackson, Timberlake, and former CBS president and CEO Les Moonves. Jackson’s stylist was also not involved.
After the controversy, Jackson issued multiple statements of apology for the scandal.
“The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my halftime show performance was made after final rehearsals … MTV didn’t fully know. It wasn’t my intention for it to go as far as it did. I apologize to anyone offended, including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL, “he initially said.
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Jackson is expected to tell his story in another documentary scheduled to be released in January 2022 by A&E and Lifetime titled “JANET.”
Representatives for Jackson and Timberlake did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the documentary “New York Times Presents.”