Here’s Why Justin Timberlake Owes Janet Jackson (and Everybody Else) an Apology
Connor Garel

The show was Janet’s. She was the more experienced performer, and was the main point person to MTV regarding this halftime.

The bit was completely planned. I do not know Ms. Jackson (because I’m nasty), so I can’t say for sure that she always wears such elaborate nipple jewelry. However, if one were planning on exposing their breast to the world, one might choose such an adornment to augment the nipple. I know this would be the one I pick:

Seems like a recipe for chafing

So Janet Jackson is the headliner, at 38 years old a seasoned pro. Justin Timberlake is not a completely naive 23, having been in ‘NSYNC. However, we can assume that Janet Jackson is the more senior performer, and accomplished choreographer and entertainer.

From Wikipedia:

This led to Jackson and Timberlake improvising the move, in which Timberlake tore off Jackson’s kilt. Frattini stated, “When we did the original rehearsal, there was conversation about a fake skirt she would wear, and that Justin would actually pull open the skirt and take off the skirt. In rehearsal, they actually tried to rip open the skirt, which kind of went with the lyrics of the song”.[8] The production team then discussed another option, which led to the costume tearing, although the outfit was intended to stay in place.[8]
Jackson’s representative explained the incident, saying, “Justin was supposed to pull away the rubber bustier to reveal a red lace bra. The garment collapsed and her breast was accidentally revealed.”[57] CBS forced Jackson to release a video apology, and said “My decision to change the Super Bowl performance was made after the final rehearsal. MTV, CBS, [and] the NFL had no knowledge of this whatsoever and unfortunately, the whole thing went wrong in the end. I am really sorry if I offended anyone, that was truly not my intention”.

So we can assume Janet Jackson is ultimately her own choreographer, made her own decision to have the bustier (as opposed to the skirt) torn away, potentially had the nipple jewelry in place knowing it would be revealed…

So my questions to you:

  • Why are we not asking why a significantly older woman put a much younger man into an uncomfortable, pre-meditated and overtly sexual situation over which she had complete control?
  • Are you saying that Janet Jackson was not primarily in control of this situation, and that Timberlake is 100 % equally culpable, despite her being the senior artist, the choreographer, and by her own admission responsible for the decision to alter the bit? This seems out of character for someone who literally named their album “Control.”
  • Is it entirely possible that she made a HUGE mistake on her own, failed to own up to it properly, botched all the apologies, and therefore determined her own future? Why are her mistakes not allowed to be her own?
  • What in the world does your mistaken assumption of Timberlake’s race have to do with this?
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