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Why Janet Jackson (and Her Iconic Onstage Style) Would Make the Super Bowl Halftime Show Better

Why Janet Jackson (and Her Iconic Onstage Style) Would Make the Super Bowl Halftime Show Better
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Janet Jackson fans are not looking forward to the Super Bowl. In fact, they are furious because this year’s halftime show will be headlined by Justin Timberlake for the third time. It’s not that they hate the former boy band front man, but rather, they feel that Ms. Jackson has been slighted once again after the infamous “nipplegate” incident at the 2004 Super Bowl. Timberlake accidentally ripped off part of her costume for a nanosecond, prudish Americans went wild, and rumors spread that Jackson was forever banned from performing at the event.

Why Janet Jackson (and Her Iconic Onstage Style) Would Make the Super Bowl Halftime Show Better

Well, the ban isn’t actually real, but the singer did face some seriously unfair backlash for years after the “wardrobe malfunction.” Jackson is a pop culture icon, a national treasure. It would have been spectacular to see her return to the field and unite us all with “Rhythm Nation,” but alas, Timberlake got top billing. But Jackson doesn’t have time for that. She’s busy with a baby and, god willing, making more music too. So while many fans may be boycotting Timberlake this year with #TeamJanet, we’re celebrating her enduring stage style. Let us give thanks for her black pleather corsets, her police uniform jackets, her inspiring fierceness—malfunctions and all.

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1 Response

  1. Letha Wilson

    Well stop putting Mz Jackson in a box. It very obvious that Mz Jackson dont Need Justin to validate Her, for the last year Her concerts have been selling out 100%. What needs to happen is that Justin and the Superbowl Board needs to apologize to Her if they haven’t. Then the Superbowl Board needs to offer the half time show to Her. Thats a wrap.

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