Justin Timberlake has been confirmed as the headliner for the Super Bowl LII halftime show — but not everyone is firing the confetti cannons.
Folks haven’t quite forgotten Timberlake’s role in the supposed “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson, and how her career took a major hit while his star continued to rise.
The incident, referred to often as “Nipplegate,” occured when Timberlake exposed Jackson’s breast, which was adorned with a nipple pastie, during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII. The planned nature of the performance was broadly debated, though Jackson’s team said it was “unintentional.”
Jackson was blacklisted by the NFL, and she and CBS were heavily fined by the FCC (later voided). Timberlake got off pretty unscathed, offering a short apology while accepting a Grammy Award at the very same ceremony Jackson had also been banned from.
Now, with Timberlake set to take the stage at the Super Bowl next year, many commentators have called for a Jackson cameo or a total change in billing.
If Justin Timberlake doesn’t bring out Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl halftime I’m gonna take a knee
— Ray Rahman (@RayRahman) October 23, 2017
Why is Justin Timberlake being invited to perform again when Janet Jackson is banned for life for something that was entirely his fault🙄 pic.twitter.com/5btOvDZDKq
— Oak•LAD•GSW (@legendary_hoe) October 23, 2017
If Janet Jackson can’t ever perform at the Super Bowl again then Justin Timberlake shouldn’t be able to either 🏾♀️
— A Definite Maybe (@Pic_Nikk) October 23, 2017
Unless Justin Timberlake starts his set by introducing Janet Jackson with an apology and then continues watching quietly while she does 12 minutes of her catalog solo, the Super Bowl can keep this halftime show.
— Crystal Methanny (@RafiDAngelo) October 23, 2017
The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. Yeah, we don’t think this chat is over yet.