Super Bowl XXXVIII — which was broadcast live on February 1, from HoustonTexas on the CBS television network in the United States — was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson 's breastadorned with a nipple shieldwas exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second, in what was later referred to as a " wardrobe malfunction ". Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting. The incident was ridiculed both within the United States and abroad with a number of commentators considering it a planned publicity stunt.
Sure, in that minuscule amount of time, the iconic performer's bare breast had been exposed—inadvertently or otherwise—to the over million people watching TV's biggest event by fellow performer Justin Timberlake and that's no small matter. In the years since that fateful moment in Houston's Reliant Stadium—marking its 15th anniversary on February 1—many questions remain. Did Timberlake, who pulled at Jackson's leather bustier right as his hit song "Rock Your Body" reached its closing "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song," exposing her right breast and its sunburst nipple shield as if on cue, pull away more fabric than he ought to have?
Fourteen years ago, Janet Jackson shocked the world by exposing her right breast to the world on Super Bowl Sunday. MTV produced the spot, was fined heavily, and never produced a halftime show again. Since that time, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has gotten more conservative, but in recent years they've been beginning to bring back younger talents who may or may not want to make a statement.
Please refresh the page and retry. But the majority of those in the crowd may be better aware of a Jackson performance that happened 15 years ago: the Super Bowl halftime show, of Better known, of course, as Nipplegate.
Rob Sheffield ranks all the Super Bowl halftime shows ever, from worst to best. Sexually suggestive dance moves courtesy of fellow halftime performers Nelly and Diddy also helped put prude viewers on edge before the Nipple-gate opened. Timberlake, red lace in his left hand, looks appalled as producers cut away to a distant long shot and firework display.
The blame on Jackson comes on a second day of fallout after pop idol Justin Timberlake tore off half of Jackson's black leather bustier while the pair were singing a duet, exposing her right breast at the conclusion of Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. Freston, whose company produced the halftime show for CBS, said Timberlake was informed of the stunt just moments before he took the stage with Jackson. The stunt, which Timberlake said was due to a "wardrobe malfunction," sparked widespread viewer complaints.
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Britney Spears got married in Las Vegas on a whim, Sex and the City ended its six-year reign on television, and Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to a daughter named after a piece of fruit. Of course, it was also a year that welcome the term 'nipplegate' into the public's vernacular, following Janet Jackson's accidental breast exposure during the Super Bowl halftime. Following criticism of Timberlake's recent support of the Time's Up initiative ,14 years after the incident, the singer has finally addressed the infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' in a new interview with Beats 1 's Zane Lowe.
But the game took a back seat to what transpired at the halftime show. On Feb. For a fraction of a second, 71, fans in the stands and 11 million people at home saw her bare breast.