Why Janet Jackson is being celebrated instead of Super Bowl headliner Justin Timberlake

Ismail Akwei February 05, 2018
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performing at the 2004 Super Bowl

Super Bowl LII had all the fun and fury before, during and after the historic first-time win of the Philadelphia Eagles who knocked off the New England Patriots 41-33 at the US Bank Stadium.

Prior to the game, Janet Jackson was trending via the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay instead of Justin Timberlake who was headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.

This was another way of remembering 14 years ago when Janet Jackson’s career tumbled after headlining the show in 2004. Her special guest was none other than Justin Timberlake who literally had a hand in her fall.

Timberlake ripped off Janet Jackson’s costume exposing her nipple on live TV. They both apologized for the incident but Jackson’s career went downhill while Timberlake’s flourished despite his direct involvement in the infamous “wardrobe malfunction”.

Why Janet Jackson is being celebrated instead of Super Bowl headliner Justin Timberlake

Janet Jackson’s music and videos were banned by major television networks and radio stations. She was also blocked from performing at major events including the Grammys among others. She was also forced to resign from a planned Lena Horne miniseries at ABC, which Jackson was set to executive produce and headline as Horne.

The double standard exhibited by the entertainment industry was glaring but the world at the time did not acknowledge the harsh treatment meted out on Janet Jackson who has since not recovered.

Fans used the twitter hashtag to remember the incident and to call on Justin Timberlake to render another apology on stage or invite Janet Jackson for a duet. These didn’t happen.

Read the sentiments expressed by Twitter users who thought Janet Jackson needed to be appreciated.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: June 19, 2018


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