Janet Jackson Responds to Justin Timberlake Super Bowl Malfunction Doc

After the launch of Malfunction: Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe, a new documentary about the aftermath of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s infamous 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the “Rhythm Nation” singer herself has apparently weighed in on the controversy.

The 55-year-old singer took to social media on November 21, 2021, to share a cryptic quote just days after the premiere of the new documentary about her career on Hulu. “I’m not sure if he got the memo,” the quote began. “But we no longer compete, we are appreciating and encouraging each other.” While Janet didn’t mention the documentary directly, fans were quick to notice that one of her subjects, Justin himself, responded to the post with a like.

The former NSYNC member has been at the center of renewed controversy following the documentary’s release over the way he reacted to his infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show performance with Janet. Like a spectator wrote, “[Justin Timberlake’s] the behavior is disgusting. The lack of empathy, the disrespectful behavior and the #misogyny is appalling. “

For those of you who may not know, in 2004, Janet and Justin were chosen by the NFL and MTV to perform together at the Super Bowl halftime show. Justin was the surprise guest after Janet performed a medley of his hit songs. Everything was going well until Justin’s rendition of “Rock Your Body,” when the singer tried a last-minute costume trick and accidentally exposed Janet’s right breast to more than 140 million viewers. The moment sent waves to the media, with many blaming the accident on Janet.

At the time, CBS forced Sister Jackson to publicly apologize for the incident. As a result, Janet released a video statement, telling the audience, “The decision to have a costume reveal at the end of my performance at the halftime show was made after final rehearsals. MTV was completely unaware of it. I didn’t mean for it to go that far. MTV, CBS, [and] the NFL was not aware of this at all and, unfortunately, it all went wrong in the end. I apologize to anyone who was offended, including the audience, MTV, CBS and the NFL. “Years later, Janet told Oprah Winfrey that she was sorry for her apology.” It was an accident. The management that I had at the time, they thought it was important that I do it, ”he said in 2018.

Meanwhile, Justin joked about the incident at first, telling reporters immediately after the show, “I love giving everyone something to talk about” before suggesting that Janet’s wardrobe malfunction was “every man’s dream.” . He later offered a short apology in a statement to MTV News: “I’m sorry someone was offended by the poorly functioning wardrobe during the Super Bowl halftime performance. It was unintentional and it is regrettable. “

Years later, Justin finally issued a public apology to Janet while briefly mentioning her in a statement about fellow pop star Britney Spears. “I deeply regret the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn or didn’t stand up for what was right,” Justin shared on Instagram in response to the many “posts, tags.” , comments and concerns ”, received after the launch of another Hulu documentary, Framing Britney Spears. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism. Specifically, I want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, both individually, because I care about and respect these women and I know I failed. “

The “Cry Me a River” singer went on to point out how his privilege as a white male affected Janet and Britney’s careers. “The industry has flaws. It prepares men, especially white men, for success. It is designed this way, ”he wrote. “As a man in a privileged position, I have to talk about this. Due to my ignorance, I did not recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life, but I never want to benefit from others being taken down again. “

Malfunction: Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe is available to stream on Hulu.

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