Viewers have labeled Timberlake the “face of misogyny and privilege in the music industry” after Jackson’s career declined as a result of him infamously ripping off some of her costume during her Super Bowl performance. 2004.
Janet Jackson has shared a new post on “appreciating” and “encouraging” people in the wake of the reaction to the recent New York Times documentary, Malfunction: Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe.
The documentary, which aired on November 19, reveals how Jackson’s career was seriously damaged after his Super Bowl performance in February 2004, during which he joined fellow artist Justin Timberlake on stage.
At the halftime show, Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson’s suit during his performance, exposing his chest. At that time, and for the years that followed, Jackson faced a great deal of public scrutiny and negative press.
Immediately afterwards, as the documentary highlights, Timberlake made the situation public lightly. He told interviewers, “I love giving everyone something to talk about” and “It’s every man’s dream,” in reference to acting. Jackson, on the other hand, could not be found in the moments that followed, but allegedly cried when the stage manager covered her with a blanket.
Shortly after the Super Bowl broadcast, both Timberlake and Jackson apologized, after the FCC reportedly received more than 500,000 complaints about the broadcast.
In a statement to MTV News on February 1, Timberlake said, “I’m sorry if anyone was offended by the poorly functioning wardrobe during the Super Bowl halftime performance. It was unintentional and it is regrettable. “
Jackson said, in his own video statement: “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. I apologize to anyone who was offended, including the audience, MTV, CBS, and the NFL. “
Years later, in 2018, Jackson said that regretted making that apology, and revealed that he asked his management what he was apologizing for before filming it.
“It was an accident,” he said saying Oprah. “The management that I had at the time, they thought it was important that I do it.”
On February 8, 2004, the 46th Annual Grammy Awards were held and CBS requested that Timberlake and Jackson, who were ready to appear, formally apologize during the show in order to attend.
Timberlake agreed to apologize on air and subsequently not only attended the awards show, but performed and won two of his nominations. During her acceptance speech, she laughed as she said, “I know it’s been a tough week for everyone. … What happened was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I fully apologize if you were offended. “
Jackson, on the other hand, was supposed to appear during a Luther Vandross tribute, but was eventually eliminated in the wake of the Super Bowl controversy. She refused to apologize, according to CBS, and therefore did not attend.
And this only marked the beginning of the damage Jackson’s career suffered. For example, as the documentary reveals, Jackson’s songs and videos released after the Super Bowl received significantly less playback on radio stations than usual, while his album Little lady jo it was its lowest sale since 1984.
Meanwhile, Timberlake’s brand deal with McDonald’s, for which he was allegedly paid $ 6 million, stood up despite controversy. He was also asked to perform again at the Super Bowl halftime in 2018, something that drew criticism from many viewers.
Speaking to MTV News in August 2006, Timberlake addressed the fact that most of the negative press had been directed at Jackson, highlighting the broader issues of gender and race that many had begun to question.
“It’s an understatement to say it was a bit unfair if you consider it 50-50, I am probably 10% to blame,” he said. And that says something about society. I think America is harsher on women and I think America is unfairly harsh on ethnic people. “
In February of this year, Timberlake issued a short apology to Jackson in a statement posted on Instagram. He noted that he cares for and respects her, and knows he “failed” in his response to the Super Bowl incident.
And now, the latest documentary about Jackson’s experience has reignited the conversation about Timberlake’s treatment of her and women in Hollywood in general.
Over the weekend, many viewers took to Twitter to express their support for the “All for You” singer, trending the hashtag #JusticeForJanet shortly after the release of the documentary.
“[Justin Timberlake’s] the behavior is disgusting. Lack of empathy, disrespectful behavior and misogy are appalling, ”tweeted one user.
“The way Janet was slandered, degraded, humiliated and embarrassed in the media like that and she remained so fucking graceful and peaceful is a testament to the strength, dignity and character of Janet Jackson. #justiceforjanet, ”wrote another.
Among the influx of critical tweets that emerged, a clip of Timberlake performing at Irving Plaza began circulating in 2011, where he can be seen making light of the incident and poking fun at Jackson.
In the short video, Timberlake can be seen pulling his shirt close to his chest and pointing to his nipple, as he raps the lyrics: “Maybe I’m an idiot / Oops, did I take it too far? Super Bowl “.
Many expressed their disgust at the resurfaced clip, calling Timberlake for “capitalizing“On Jackson’s” misfortune “.
“That’s why I stopped fucking with [Timberlake]. He’s a culture vulture and he left #JanetJackson on a limb. Glad the truth is finally being told about Ms. Jackson #JusticeForJanet, ”one person tweeted.
And after multiple viewers criticized the former NSYNC star, Jackson seemed to enter the conversation herself.
On Sunday, Jackson, who had been silent on social media after the documentary’s release, shared a quote on both Twitter and Instagram in the wake of the controversy.
Jackson wrote: “I’m not sure I got the memo. But we no longer compete, we are appreciating and encouraging each other. “
While it’s unclear whether or not Jackson’s quote was referring to the documentary and the reviews being shared, eagle-eyed fans noted that Timberlake liked the post.
However, many also speculated that Jackson’s post could have referred to the recent feud between Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, which also attracted attention over the weekend.
After Aguilera seemingly avoided a question about Spears’s guardianship in an interview, the “Toxic” singer called her on Instagram, prompting fans to pit the two pop stars against each other, repeating an old debate. Along with Timberlake, Aguilera also liked Jackson’s post.
Timberlake’s controversial past is something that came to light earlier this year, following the launch of FX and Hulu. Framing Britney Spears, who re-examined his treatment of his ex-girlfriend, as well as his experiences of being scrutinized by the media.
If you didn’t know, Timberlake and Spears’ three-year relationship ended in a highly publicized breakup in 2002. Spears was notoriously demonized by the media for being the cause of their breakup, a narrative Timberlake has been accused of perpetuating. and “arm yourself” publicly to further your own career.
One of the most controversial parts of the documentary centered on Timberlake’s past comments about having sex with Spears. In an interview with Hot 97, he said, “I did it. I’m dirty ”, when asked if he had“ oral intercourse ”with her.
Many fans noted how Timberlake’s disrespectful comments about Spears, which he made while laughing, seemed to parallel the way he had publicly mocked Jackson and the Super Bowl performance.
As mentioned, Timberlake addressed the criticism in a statement shared on Instagram in February, in which he apologized to both Spears and Jackson for their actions.
“I have seen the messages, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond,” he began. “I deeply regret the times in my life when my actions contributed to the problem, when I spoke out of turn or did not stand up for what was right.”
“I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he continued.
“I want to specifically apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”
Timberlake has yet to respond to the new wave of criticism following the latest Super Bowl documentary, though fans are urging him to formally apologize to Jackson once again.